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Showboy (2002)

Cast: Christian Taylor, Christian Taylor, Lindy Heymann, more...
Director: Lindy Heymann, Lindy Heymann, Christian Taylor, more...
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Studio: Wolfe Video
Genre: Comedies, Mockumentary, Mockumentaries
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
Written and directed by co-stars Lindy Heymann and Christian Taylor, Showboy is a comedic mockumentary about a Hollywood writer trying to make it onto the Las Vegas stage. Real-life British filmmaker Heymann takes her documentary crew into Southern California to report on Britons working in Hollywood. She overhears Taylor (a real writer and producer for the HBO series Six Feet Under) getting fired by executive producer Alan Ball. The documentary crew then follows Taylor to Las Vegas, where he proceeds to follow his dreams of making it as a star under the guise of doing research for a movie script. He rooms with veteran chorus member Erich Miller (then the star of the Vegas show Jubilee) and undergoes a series of dance lessons, auditions, and other humiliations. Features cameo appearances by Adrian Armas, Siegfried and Roy, and Whoopi Goldberg. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The Vacuum of Showbiz by talltale August 23, 2004 - 8:45 AM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
What a strange and beguiling little movie is SHOWBOY. I was told it was a mockumentary, and I suppose it is. Yet, eventually, I believed it to be as truthful as most documentaries. I was told it is a comedy, but I didn't laugh all that often. I did smile a lot, yet the smiles were tinged with an odd sadness--even though I knew the whole thing was a put-on. My companion commented that he had never seen a more depressing look at "the industry" than this one--the industry, in this case, being show business in Las Vegas. Here's a pleasant enough fellow who appears to be utterly mediocre in most regards. We first see him as a writer on HBO's "Six Feet Under"; when he is fired from that job, he heads to "sin city" to become a performer. Bit by bit, his story lays bare the utter vacuum of Las Vegas, including the "dreams" of those who want to be part of that vacuum. The movie accomplishes all this with such quiet, tender care, it's not until the end that you realize what devastation has been wrought. We'd love to see more of star and co-writer/director Christian Taylor. But if he doesn't "make it," at least he'll always have SHOWBOY to his credit.




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