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Starlet

09starlet_span-thumbstandard Jane, a 21-year-old slacker, finds $10,000 stashed in a thermos she buys at a garage sale. Unsure what to do with the money, she begins spending time with Sadie, the elderly widow who held the garage sale. Note: this film contains explicit content.
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Two women, decades apart in age but bonded by their relative invisibility, connect in Sean Baker’s “Starlet." Read the review
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Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
 
This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Starlet sneaks up on you.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
The plotline is unpromising - young porn actress befriends crotchety old lady - and the setup is underwhelming. But stick with "Starlet," and you'll reap unexpected rewards.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
The film is about as indie as indie movies get, with a homemade, washed-out look that drives home the genuineness of the performances.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
This slender film is bolstered by strong performances, particularly from Hemingway (daughter of Mariel) and her 85-year-old co-star.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
 
A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
"Starlet" is like a flower growing out of a septic tank.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
 
As its title suggests, "Starlet" is a Hollywood story, albeit one that Hollywood would not be likely to produce.
J. Hoberman, ARTINFO.com  full review
 
[An] ethereal slice of life in the San Fernando Valley ...
Sara Stewart, New York Post  full review
 
A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ...
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
 
It's a character study about faith in connectedness, with an unforced love for cross-generational companionship that's special indeed.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
Starlet represents a welcome throwback to the smoggy West Coast character studies of the 1970s - and not just because the generational chasm between its two leads evokes Harold and Maude.
 
An empathic, absorbing tale of the old and the beautiful, Starlet tracks an unlikely intergenerational friendship in the San Fernando Valley.
Melissa Anderson, Village Voice  full review
 
Unfortunately, the film signals its more serious aspirations aggressively, via "thoughtful" synth drones and an italicized parental subtext.
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York  full review
 
Powerful sense of place roots film about the uneasy friendship between a 21 year old and an octogenarian.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter  full review
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Available From: Jul 07, 2013
  • Queued by: 1747 people
Directed By
Sean Baker
Cast
Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, James Ransone, Stella Maeve, Liz Beebe, Tess Hunt
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