Maps to the Stars

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  111 min.
Release Date: October 31, 2014
DVD: April 21, 2015

Current rating: Rating: 2.44
based on 34 votes and 17 reviews
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Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Justin Kelly

Synopsis

Released from a sanatorium in Florida, Agatha Weiss (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Los Angeles, where she gets a job as movie star Havana Segrand's (Julianne Moore) assistant. Her younger brother Benjie, 13, is a child star who recently was released from drug rehab and her father, Dr. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a TV psychotherapist.

When her father finds out Agatha has returned to Los Angeles, he becomes extremely angry and demands that she leave. Meanwhile, Agatha strikes up a friendship with an aspiring actor/screenwriter, Jerome (Robert Pattinson), who works as a limo driver.

For her part, Havana is obsessed about a remake of the 1960s movie that made her mother, who died in a fire, famous. She desperately wants the part, and frequently sees her mother's ghost, which drives her to the brink of insanity.

  Canadian Connection: Director David Cronenberg, actor Evan Bird and actress Sarah Gadon are Canadian, as are several other cast members.

Director: David Cronenberg
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Martin Katz, Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
Screenplay: Bruce Wagner

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  • 5 stars "Highly entertaining! A bit disturbed but well worth the watch!"
  • 3 stars "Odd, but enjoyable. Moore, Waskowska and Cusack do great job."
  • 4 stars "It is a little sleazy and gross but actually pretty entertaining."