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Sean Baker

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About the Movie

This movie has been modified by the distributor for its original theatrical version. This critically acclaimed winner of the Robert Altman Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards explores the unlikely friendship between two women living in the San Fernando Valley, Jane (Dree Hemingway in her first leading role) an aimless 21 year-old aspiring actress and Sadie (Besedka Johnson), an 85 year-old widow. While Jane spends her days getting high with her dysfunctional roommates, Sadie passes her time alone often at the local bingo parlor. After their worlds collide at a yard sale, a tenuous but tender relationship starts to emerge between the two as Jane protects a potentially volatile secret. Director Sean Baker captures the rhythms of everyday life with a rare authenticity in this provocative, unpredictable and surprisingly sweet story of human connection.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A thrillingly, unexpectedly good American movie about love and a moral awakening ... – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Nov 8, 2012

Fresh: A strikingly unsentimental study in female friendship between unmoored souls in L.A.'s bleached, glamour-challenged San Fernando Valley. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 20, 2012

Fresh: It's a character study about faith in connectedness, with an unforced love for cross-generational companionship that's special indeed. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Nov 8, 2012

Fresh: An empathic, absorbing tale of the old and the beautiful, Starlet tracks an unlikely intergenerational friendship in the San Fernando Valley. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Nov 7, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie

but… "modified from the theater version due to graphic content"??

Why? It is already "unrated" so I am not sure what the editing got them.

I applaude iTunes for finally being honest in the descriptions and stating that the movie has been altered for content but the "award winning" movie is the one the director showed not the one that is made available here.

Still a good movie but would recommend renting only until the real version becomes available.

Starlet - Must See!

One of the best films of the year, and one of the most underrated!

A beautiful story about friendship, life, and the fragility of relationships. What breakthrough performances! This movie gives me hope for independent cinema. There are still good stories to be told out there...

Not my cup of tea.

Slow moving, although it was nice to see an American film for a change that has characters from separate generations becoming friends. Ending was ambiguous.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Independent
  • Released: 2012

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