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Ellie Parker

1 rating: -3.0
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Director: Scott Coffey
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 11, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Ellie Parker

Yawn, yawn, yawn, What a Boring Little Film

  • Jan 31, 2010
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Pros: None really, well okay Ms. Watts is adorable as usual.

Cons: Everything else

The Bottom Line:

Now I know why I never heard of Ellie Parker before, it is best forgotten!

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Ellie Parker (2005)
Directed by: Scott Coffey
Screenplay: Scott Coffey
Principles: Naomi Watts   
Running Time: 96 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: "R" for strong language, sexual situations

I think that Naomi Watts is a very talented actress-Tank Girl (1995) aside-so I decided to explore more of her work before and after her turn in Mulholland Drive (2001) when I first took note of her.  So when the critically acclaimed Ellie Parker (2001) came into my possession I decided to take a look.         


Written and directed by the Scott Coffey, Ellie Parker chronicles the days and nights of struggling actress Ellie Parker (Naomi Watts ~ The Ring, 21 Grams, We Don't Live Here Anymore).  That is pretty much it, there isn't much of a plot-line here... 

My Thoughts

Ellie Parker
is a bore!  It's hard to believe that the movie received two thumbs up from then Ebert & Roeper; were they watching the same boring yawn-inducing movie I was?  As I stated at the outset of this review, I think Naomi Watts is a very talented actress, but this movie, was well (what's another word for boring?) uninteresting, tedious, and mind-numbing!  So much so that half way through it I doubled the speed of the movie just so it would end quicker! 

The whole of Ellie Parker, shot as it was on digital video with handheld cameras and extreme close-up's, feels as if we are waiting for the real movie to start.  That the digital portion was Coffey roaming around town cashing in favors from his actor buddies and I was waiting for the move to get down to the business of telling a story.  There was never a feeling as though I was watching a "real" movie.  There was no plot; I do not find the real (fictional) lives of people I do not know all that interesting. 

In the end Ellie Parker lent itself to no real insight into the subject matter it was supposed to be portraying.  I learned nothing new; I might as well been watching paint dry!  Watts was her usual self acting her butt of with the material she was given, but frankly the material was beneath her.  Now I know why I never heard of Ellie Parker before, it is best forgotten!    


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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