The price of fame is murder -- or at least it is in the mind of one woman in New Hampshire. Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) has spent most of her life wanting to be famous; she's attractive, speaks well, and imagines herself to be intelligent ("imagines" is the key word here), so she has set her sights on becoming a TV anchorwoman. However, opportunities for female broadcasters are hard to come by in Little Hope, New Hampshire, and she's convinced that her husband, the once handsome but now flabby restaurant manager Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon), is just getting in her way. Suzanne gets herself a spot hosting a weather report on a local public access station, and is preparing a documentary called "Teens Speak Out," which puts her in touch with a trio of high school students -- Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix), Russell (Casey Affleck), and Lydia (Alison Folland) -- who are even more desperate for attention than she is. When Suzanne hatches a plot to get Larry out of her life once and for all, she uses Jimmy, who has developed a serious crush on her, to do her dirty work, but Larry's sister Janice (Illeana Douglas), who has long believed there was something fishy about Suzanne, eventually begins to realize what happened to her brother. Nicole Kidman won a Golden Globe award for her work in this film, which represented something of a comeback for director Gus Van Sant after the commercial and critical disaster of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Screenwriter Buck Henry plays a small role as a high school teacher.
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More than 1 year ago
very good movie but its very very deep which makes it a good movie when Larry Matt Damon falls in love with Suzanne they get happily married until she wants him dead for some other lover this movie was deep but real good
More than 1 year ago
Nicole Kidman is soooooo hot in this movie. It's worth watching just for that, but the movie itself is great too.
More than 1 year ago
Considering that we currently live in a 'Reality' obsessed society, this movie could of easily been made today instead of almost ten years ago. This movie is a good example about just what a person would do to become famous, something we see every day on one of the MANY reality shows that seem to be on every channel. The actors are perfect in their roles, bringing their (sometimes pathetic) characters to life. Nicole Kidman is great as the super-determined (or obsessed) wannabe tv jounalist. Matt Dillon is the smitten husband, oblivious to his spouse's determination. Illeana Douglas is the loving sister, who is unable to make her brother open his eyes. And then there is the trio of teenagers who are manipulated by Suzanne to carry out her devious deed played by: Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck and Allison Folland. A fine perfomance by all actors, who had the good fortune to be working with a great story and script.
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