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- 1 hr 26 min
Bad Actress is a 2011 comedy movie that revolves around the life of an aging actress named Bethany. She had once been a prominent and very successful TV actress, but her career has seen better days, and she now finds herself struggling to land any decent roles, let alone win the roles she would like. She is a talented actress, but she has trouble getting the attention of the producers directing the shows or movies she would like to be in. Despite this, she still holds on to the idea that she will be a star again.
The movie begins at a casting call that Bethany attends, where she meets an aspiring, young actress named Anna, who has just returned from studying acting in New York City. Anna is perky, talented, and seemingly innocent, but we soon learn she is far from it. Frustrated with the casting process, both women start a conversation, in which Anna reveals that she is waiting for her big break, and she is hoping to land a leading role. Bethany, on the other hand, appears bitter and jaded. They get cast in a movie together, and the plot follows their different attempts to get the role and succeed in their careers.
As their movie begins shooting, Bethany and Anna's contrasting personalities are further highlighted. Bethany is clearly envious of Anna's beauty and youth, whereas Anna is in awe of Bethany's past experiences and reputation. Bethany begins to mistreat Anna, even going as far as to tell the director of the film that Anna is a terrible actress. Bethany even attempts to seduce Anna's boyfriend, much to her displeasure.
The tension between the two women increases, and in one of the most striking scenes of the movie, Bethany breaks down when she is alone in her luxury home, surrounded by memories of her past triumphs, and declares that Anna's youth and beauty are threatening her. She is distraught that she is now seen as merely a 'bad actress,' and the memory of the time when people could not get enough of her acting haunts her throughout the film.
However, things take a drastic turn when an unfortunate incident leaves Bethany in a compromising position. Anna knows this and promises to keep her secret, but only if Bethany helps her to land her dream acting job. Bethany agrees, and Anna receives a call from a director looking for a new actress to star in his latest project. The film has the potential to be a blockbuster, and Anna sees it as her shot. However, things do not go as planned, and Bethany is forced into a situation where she must choose between her career or her integrity.
Bad Actress ultimately highlights the dark and often frustrating side of the entertainment industry, and how it can push people into making life-changing decisions. The movie does an excellent job of showing that not all that glitters is gold, and the spotlight is not always as glamorous as it seems. It's a must-see for anyone interested in the workings of the entertainment industry and the lives of actors who struggle to keep up.
Bad Actress is a 2012 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.1.