Everybody's Famous! (2001) It's one thing when a movie tells you to go for your dream. The staggeringly contrived Flemish fairy tale Everybody's Famous! says that to be… 2001-07-27 2001-07-03 R PT99M Comedy Foreign Language Josse De Pauw Werner De Smedt Eva van der Gucht Victor Low Gert Portael Thekla Reuten Eurimages Les Films des Tournelles Flanders Film Fund Get Reel Productions Le Studio Canal Netherlands Fund for Film NPS Televisie Otomatic Vlaamse Radio en Televisie Miramax
Movie Review

Everybody's Famous! (2001)

MPAA Rating: R
Eva van der Gucht, Everybody's Famous! | WORST IN SHOW ''Famous''' van der Gucht acts out her stage plight
Image credit: Everybody's Famous: Joe Voets
WORST IN SHOW ''Famous''' van der Gucht acts out her stage plight
EW's GRADE
F

Details Release Date: Jul 27, 2001; Limited Release: Jul 03, 2001; Rated: R; Length: 99 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Foreign Language; With: Josse De Pauw, Werner De Smedt and Eva van der Gucht; Distributor: Miramax

It's one thing when a movie tells you to go for your dream. The staggeringly contrived Flemish fairy tale Everybody's Famous! says that to be a star, all you need is to believe in your talent -- even if you don't have any. At amateur variety contests, Marva (Eva van der Gucht), a miserable fat teenager, warbles her way through tone deaf renditions of ''Material Girl.'' But her father (Josse de Pauw), a scalawag prole who wears some of the ugliest shirts ever seen on a movie screen, knows that she's got greatness in her. In a scheme that trashes credibility far more than it does morality, he kidnaps the country's reigning pop diva and arranges for Marva to record a song he ''wrote.''

A movie that aspires to be ''Muriel's Wedding'' and can't muster the proper wacky fraudulence to achieve that goal is a sad spectacle indeed. Sheer awfulness aside, a question lingers: Why would a company like Miramax even release a film in which a talent show contestant performs an Otis Redding impersonation -- in blackface?

Originally posted Jul 13, 2001