Slamdance Film Review: He’s Way More Famous Than You

Posted January 22, 2013 in
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Slamdance Film Festival

Director: Michael Urie

The rise of fall of celebrities can either be a sad or amusing thing to watch. But in the film, He’s Way More Famous Than You, director Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Partners) depicts the latter, with a heavily satirical take on the film industry. Six years after her 2005 breakthrough performance in The Squid and The Whale, Halley (Halley Feiffer) attempts to pull her career back out of the gutter by writing her own film. But due to her alcoholism, Halley’s high ambitions far exceed her personal talent, which Urie exaggerates with humorous effect. At the end of her journey, Halley, along with help from her brother, Ryan (Ryan Spahn), winds up making the film on her own, but with terrible results as the audience walks out at the debut. However, heir film is so bizarre and terrible, it is truly hysterical and one of the highlights of He’s Way More Famous Than You. There are several cameos from stars such as Ben Stiller, Jesse Eisenberg, and Vanessa Williams throughout the film, which also contains a great soundtrack that is full of unique, humorous songs. The quirky script of the film goes a bit over-the-top at times, but overall, the directorial-debut from Urie is a hysterical and entertaining ride.