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Everybody's Famous!
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by Greg Muskewitz

"The ever pursuable goal of fame."
3 stars

While some of “Final Fantasy” takes place in outer-space and on other galaxies, that’s only where the minds of the characters are, in the Dutch comedy “Everybody’s Famous.”

When a means-well but dopey father (Josse de Pauw) is laid off from work, he takes it into his own hands to get his young, corpulent daughter (Eva van der Gucht) a shot at the singing career he feels she deserves. He kidnaps a Flemish sensation (Thekla Reuten) and negotiates with her manager to finagle a tune he came up with to be tailor-made for his unsuspecting daughter. Writer/director Dominique Deruddere has an amiable concept in mind, the ever pursuable goal of fame, and lets these off-kilter characters attain it in the most commercial of ways. There’s nothing realistic about any of Deruddere’s fanciful and whimsical exposition — somehow, I doubt a reality check for these characters would have them levitating in an orbit anywhere near here — but the combination of the fantasy and the effect it has on the Dutch community is making a comment on how catholic the phenomenon really is. I always figured that those closely monitored 15-minutes was a pandemic itch, or moreover, an epidemic itch. And the scratch that Deruddere provides is pleasant enough on its own short-lived fame (it was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar against the bulldozing “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), and the transformation of “Lucky Mañuelo” into a haunting song performed by van der Gucht’s false front of “Lonesome Zorra” is refreshing all on its own. van der Gucht is a delight in her first outing, and if that is her own voice (which it is according to the press kit), it’s a multi-talent to be proud of. The same should be said for Reuten, who performs, wearing a lovely blue wig, the transfixing and more hypnotic songs “Ik Neem je Mee” (“I’ll Take You Along”) and “Alsjeblieft” (“Please”).

Final Verdict: B-.

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7/12/02 jasper vandenbossche It is an great film (from Belgium!!!!!!!!) 5 stars
10/30/01 mr. Pink Sweet, funny and touching! A refreshing delightful tale about fame with some rough edges 4 stars
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