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True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

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Cast:Jo Jo, Valerie Bertinelli, Shenae Grimes

Director:Tim Matheson


Year: 2008


A teen movie star attempts to overcome her addition to alcohol and salvage what's left of her career after passing out on the red carpet at her big Hollywood premiere and being sent to recover with her upbeat aunt in Indiana. Morgan Carter is only seventeen years old, but she's already on top of the world. But so much fame so early in life can yield unpredictable consequences, and when Morgan is sent to the hospital with alcohol poisoning, it's clear that she isn't ready to deal with the pressures of stardom. Whisked away to rehab as the paparazzi clamors for a picture and the press predicts her downfall, Morgan is sent by her mother and concerned manager to Indiana, far away from the temptations of Hollywood. Once there, the troubled starlet reluctantly starts to reconnect with her quirky Aunt Trudy, who offers just the kind of unconditional support that the young girl needs to get her life and career back on track.

Apart from the cheesy title I from this made for TV movie to be very enjoyable,with all the teen stars in Hollywood getting into trouble over the last few years you can almost say this was ripped straight from today's headlines. The story is predictable but it is done in a charming way, once the young teen moves to Indiana and begins school there is when the film really begins to be fun. Joanna "JoJo" Levesque plays Morgan and to my surprise this girl can really act. I see a future for her in film aside from her singing career if she in real life can keep her act together and fall into the mess other stars her age have fallen into. The film also has Valerie Bertinelli as the Aunt assigned to giving Morgan a place to live and sort out her problems. It is nice to see Valerie acting again I always liked her from her time on the hit television series "One Day at a Time". The film does address a serious problem not only with celebrity teens today but it also is light enough and funny enough to make for a good night on the couch with family and some popcorn. Topical yes but entertainment as well making this one of the better made for TV movies I have seen in some time. Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****