Celebrity

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Released 1998

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Celebrity

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Celebrity is a dark comedy about how the temptations of fame can ruin people's lives. The film opens with the separation of Lee Simon (Kenneth Branagh) and his wife, Robin (Judy Davis). A failed novelist and frustrated travel writer, Lee deals with his upcoming divorce and subsequent mid-life crisis by immersing himself in celebrity journalism. He quickly becomes involved with his book editor, Bonnie (Famke Janssen), but is hardly faithful to her. He flirts with aging actress Nicole Oliver (Melanie Griffith), completely falls for a nubile supermodel (Charlize Theron) and even has an affair with a young waitress named Nola (Winona Ryder). While Lee slips deeper into the celebrity rabbit hole, Robin tries to get her back life together. She gets a makeover and begins dating a kindly TV producer named Tony Gardella (Joe Mantegna). In its depiction of the superficiality of fame, Celebrity illustrates that glamour, beauty and money are no guarantee of happiness.

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Ms. Davis gets to deliver the film's obvious message in a single unremarkable line: ''You can tell a lot about a society by who it chooses to celebrate.'' But most of what you can ...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The spectacle of Kenneth Branagh and Judy Davis doing over-the-top Woody Allen impersonations creates a neurotic energy meltdown in Celebrity, a once-over-lightly rehash of mostly ...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Scattered, phlegmatic and an all-around weak effort, Celebrity turns out instead to be one of Allen's periodic misfires.

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    Comedy

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    Independent, Showbiz, Satire