Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles
Me and Orson Welles
  • PG-13
  • 1h 54m
  • 2009
Certified Fresh85%
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High-schooler Richard Samuels lucks into a role in a daring Broadway production of Julius Caesar. Cues, staging, rehearsals, romance, rivalries: he has a lot to learn. And the first thing to learn is never upstage Mercury Theatre's genius director, 22-year-old Orson Welles. Zac Efron wins hearts and applause as Richard, the Me of this celebratory curtain call for when dreams – and the theater – were big. Christian McKay offers an uncanny Welles, the imposing, impetuous center of Richard's exciting new universe. Claire Danes is the enterprising stage assistant drawn into both men's lives. And Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, The School of Rock) directs with the vibrant spirit of those for whom all the world is a stage. Bravo!
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh85%
Critics Consensus: Me and Orson Welles boasts a breakout performance by Christian McKay and an infectious love of the backstage drama that overcomes its sometimes fluffy tone.
Reviews
Boston Globe
Ty Burr
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Hank Sartin
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf
Fresh

December 14, 2018
Sydney Morning Herald
Giles Hardie
Fresh

Christian McKay delivers a stand out performance in two of the best escapist hours you'll experien...

June 22, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Joe Williams
Fresh

The most resonant voice belongs to Welles, or rather to McKay, who uncannily channels the charm, e...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Breezy period film not meant for tween Zac Efron fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1937-set Zac Efron showbiz dramedy from Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater is a world away from High School Musical (though Efron does sing). It tackles mature themes -- including infidelity and opportunism -- that aren't age-appropriate for Efron’s tween fan base, and the movie's initially slowish pace may turn off even some older fans. But when things get going, the movie is breezy fun for those who appreciate showbiz history. Expect some strong language (including "s--t"), a bit of drinking and smoking, and references to sex (though nothing graphic is shown).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 25, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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