Starlet (2012)

Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21 year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway) and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Jane spends her time getting high with her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 9, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Baker effectively juxtaposes two vastly different worlds, though he never makes the case that either is as significant as the gauzy visuals suggest.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Where it counts, "Starlet" ... allows its characters room to maneuver within the potential cliches.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...has a sunny SoCal vibe that belies its tawdry milieu

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This is confident, engrossing storytelling, and the actors are terrific.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film itself deserves praise for its portraits of these two women and the different worlds they inhabit.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Their friendship goes nowhere you might expect - Sadie doesn't teach Jane any hard-won life lessons, and Jane doesn't try to rekindle Sadie's lost youth. There are no montages here.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Starlet sneaks up on you.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

Either avoids or transcends nearly every cliché we've come to associate with American independent film.

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William Dunmyer
When "Starlet," the new film from cinema-vérité expert Sean Baker, is at its best, it's deeply emotional and filled with under-stated brilliance.… More
Walter M.
In "Starlet," Jane(Dree Hemingway) wants to add a few touches to her room, but her housemate Melissa(Stella Maeve) tells her not to get too ambitious… More
Caesar Mendez
Starlet is about an unlikely friendship forming between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at… More