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At Theaters: 8/23/2002 On Video: 1/21/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 57 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 339906
Studio: New Line Cinema
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The story of a disillusioned producer, who creates the first totally believable synthetic actress. However, swept up by her instant success, including a major singing career, the producer cannot bear to admit his fraud to the world or himself.
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Comedy - A very funny, lighthearted comedy. It should appeal to all ages.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Al Pacino THE INSIDER, THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE
Catherine Keener BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
Pruitt Taylor Vince THE LEGEND OF 1900
Jason Schwartzman RUSHMORE
Jay Mohr GO, MAFIA, SMALL SOLDIERS, PICTURE PERFECT
Evan Rachel Wood PRACTICAL MAGIC
Elias Koteas HARRISON'S FLOWERS, COLLATERAL DAMAGE, NOVOCAINE
Stanley Anderson SPIDERMAN
Director: Andrew Niccol GATTACA
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
The Making Of A Star
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 S-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Very Funny! Lots of laugh-out-loud scenes.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "Unfortunately, the questions about Simone's identity aside, the movie doesn't have much to offer. This is the case of a pregnant premise being wasted by a script that takes few chances and manages to insult the intelligence of everyone in the audience.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "The problem, I think, is that in aiming for too wide an audience, Niccol has made too shallow a picture.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "..., there are some very funny moments in Simone. So many movies lampoon Hollywood and mine little real humor. Simone is a worthy, if flawed, piece of entertainment.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "But writer-director Andrew Niccol goes a sunnier route. He's clearly not interested in paranoid plausibility ..., while unrolling a dazzling tapestry of self-referential images and in-jokes. The result is gorgeous, if ultimately shallow — much like Simone herself.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 113 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
10
Fairly Low
70%
13-19Teens (F)
19
About 50/50
89%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
About 50/50
50%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
About 50/50
50%
30+Adults (M)
36
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
41
Fairly High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some very mixed opinions. Although a large percentage of moviegoers agreed with me that this is a very entertaining movie, there were quite a few who didn't enjoy "Simone" very much.

The most common complaint was that it was slow. It didn't feel slow to me at all, in fact I actually felt the pace was faster than most comedies.

Adults make up the largest percentage of moviegoers and generally most of them found it enjoyable, but the relatively high number of "Good" and lower opinions is troubling.

I would recommend that you read all we offer on "Simone" before deciding to see it. If it still looks like a movie you might enjoy, I highly recommend that you see it. You might be one of us who thought it was great. If not, you will probably find it to be at least somewhat enjoyable.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Very Entertaining and Fun! An Excellent movie not to be missed. It's very well done. I Highly Recommend "Simone."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino) is a down and out Academy Award -nominated director who just lost his last shot at a comeback when his temperamental flesh and blood actress (Winona Ryder in a cameo role as Nicola Anders) walked off his movie Sunrise, Sunset. And when she left, so did Taransky's self-respect. Fired by his ex-wife and studio head Elaine Christian (Catherine Keener), Taransky just lost any hope of recapturing his former life with Elaine and their daughter Lainey (Evan Rachel Wood). But then computer genius Hank Aleno (Elias Koteas) shows up…

Although Hank is not long for this world, he is certain his creation will be in the right hands – Taransky's. Although Taransky initially rebuffs Hank's insane proposal, Hank has the last say. He bequeaths the software to Taransky that will change his life forever: Simulation One. Just a few key strokes and an overnight sensation is born: SIMONE. Suddenly, Taransky has a taste of the success he always craved and the world's most beloved star under his thumb.

Or does he?

An intrepid tabloid reporter, Max Sayer (Pruitt Taylor Vince), is doing his best to challenge that. And his pursuit becomes a little sweeter when Taransky's immaculate matrix starts to take on a life of her own.

In a twist of comedic consequences the Omniscient Taransky never anticipated, the creation…or creature… is about to show the creator the meaning of "Eternity Forever."

Suddenly, real never looked so good.

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