Everybody's Famous!
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Just how far should a father go to help his daughter gain fame and fortune? Jean (Josse De Pauw) lives in a working-class Belgian community, where he holds down a job at a bottle factory with his friend Willy (Werner De Smedt). Jean and his wife Chantal (Gert Portael) have a teenage daughter, Marva (Eva van der Gucht), who like her father, is interested in music; Jean likes to write songs in his spare time, while Marva dreams of becoming a singer. But Jean's songs don't seem to impress anyone but Willy, and while Marva has a good voice, she's overweight, has little charisma, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The ideas are not pushed nearly as far or with as much success as they are in, for example, King Of Comedy, The Icicle Thief (the 1989 Italian comedy) or even Ed TV, for that matter."
‑ Jennie Punter, Toronto Star
"Who in the world is in charge of foreign film Oscar nominations? And what hints of greatness did they see in this artlessly benign little comedy?"
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"With so many great documentaries and foreign films each year, why does the Academy so often come up with second-rate choices in these two categories?"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"You have to like a movie that, in its rosy denouement, proclaims giddily, 'It's a great day for Flemish showbiz!'"
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"These themes have been handled with more depth on I Love Lucy and The Brady Bunch."
‑ Leslie Katz, San Francisco Examiner
"Often loses focus and wanders, unsure of where it wants to go."
‑ Louis B. Parks, Houston Chronicle
"An entertaining enough oddity, goosed by the added interest of its report on the high level of acting talent from Belgium."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Everybody's Famous! starts out as a triumphant commentary on what it takes to achieve celebrity and the wealth it promises. But as the film progresses, it becomes wildly tedious and wacky."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Filmcritic.com
"Dominique Deruddere's film is at heart all soft and squishy."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Deruddere muddles the film by not allowing much variation in mood."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A funny idea in search of a funny execution."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The movie ... was one of this year's Oscar nominees for best foreign film, leading one to wonder what films were passed over to make room for it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"De Pauw has one of those soulful, comedically inclined faces that invites instant empathy, and the rest of the cast is likewise well chosen."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"Yes, I admit it, the film's corny, but there's nothing wrong with this can of sweet, imported niblets."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"The performances are ... flat, unfunny and uninvolving."
‑ Tom Sander, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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