Owen Gleiberman
October 25, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stardom

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
performer
Jessica Pare
director
Denys Arcand
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Denys Arcand
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Stardom, the whirlwind tale of a supermodel’s rise and fall, sounds like a thousand other facile satires of celebrity, glamour, and the commodification of all things, but it may be the first movie that mirrors, in its very syntax, the ”snap crackle and pop” narcotic superficiality of the E! channel.

I mean that as a compliment. The director, Canada’s Denys Arcand (”Jesus of Montreal”), has finally found a subject as synthetic and glib as his sensibility. ”Stardom” gets you onto its wavelength, duplicating the insatiable camera ready madness of our disposable fame culture, even as it scores one easy point after another.

It helps that the star, 18 year old Jessica Paré, has the pout of Bardot, the eyes and cheekbones of Liv Tyler, and the body of Jayne Mansfield. Paré is ridiculously gorgeous, but she’s a canny young actress, and she lends lightning credence to the story of Tina, who starts as an Ontario hockey player, gets her picture snapped, then rides her image to the top of the world. She does commercials, magazines, talk shows, videos, and, not so incidentally, relationships, which the film, in an act of irresistible moxie, treats as just another form of media.

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