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Superstar (movie)

1999 film by Bruce McCulloch

Superstar is a 1999 comedy movie and Saturday Night Live spin-off about a quirky, socially incompetent girl called Mary Katherine Gallagher. The character was created by the SNL star, Molly Shannon and appeared as a recurring character on SNL in many skits. The story tells about Mary Katherine trying to find her place in her Catholic high school. The movie was directed by a former Kids in the Hall member, Bruce McCulloch.

Superstar
Directed byBruce McCulloch
Produced byLorne Michaels
Written bySteve Koren
StarringMolly Shannon
Will Ferrell
Harland Williams
Elaine Hendrix
Tom Green
Mark McKinney
Music byMichael Gore (Song: You Wanna Be A Star)
CinematographyWalt Lloyd
Edited byMalcolm Campbell
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
October 8, 1999
Running time
81 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$14,000,000
Box office$30,636,478

The movie stars the following people:

SNL and Kids in the Hall alum, Mark McKinney, who appeared in many of the Mary Katherine Gallagher SNL skits on television, also has a minor role as a priest.

Molly Shannon got a nomination for Blockbuster Entertainment Award "Favorite Actress - Comedy", but lost to Heather Graham in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

PlotEdit

Mary Katherine Gallagher (Shannon) is an Irish-American Catholic school girl and social outcast in a Catholic high school. She wants to be a superstar, as she wants to get a kiss from Sky Corrigan (Ferrell). When Mary is sent to Special Education, she makes a new best friend, the tomboyish and equally socially-awkward Helen Lewengrub (Emmy Laybourne).

Mary sees her chance to become a superstar when her school promotes a talent show. She wants to try out, but Grandma Gallagher (Glynis Johns), did not want her to. Mary tries out anyway, and when she goes to sign up, a stereotypical cheerleader, Evian Carrie Graham (Elaine Hendrix), gets into a fight with her. The fight causes Evian and Sky to break up, and now Sky is a "single hunk of beefcake on the rebound". Mary is now determined to get in the talent show so Sky will notice her. When Grandma Gallagher finds out that her granddaughter got into the talent show, she finally tells the truth about how her parents died - they were stomped to death while performing in a Riverdance-like competition. That is why Grandma Gallagher was against her granddaughter performing.

However, Grandma Gallagher decides to help Mary do her act in the talent show, as long as she performs for herself. Mary and the other Special Education students spent days practicing. Mary wins the competition as well as Sky's heart. When she kisses Sky though, she discovers he is a horrible kisser and chooses to kiss her friend Slater (Harland Williams) instead.

CastEdit

Actor Character
Molly Shannon Mary Katherine Gallagher
Will Ferrell Sky Corrigan/Jesus
Harland Williams Eric Slater
Elaine Hendrix Evian Graham
Mark McKinney Father Tylenol Ritley
Glynis Johns Grandma Gallagher
Jason Blicker Howard
Gerry Bamman Father John Insomnic
Emmy Laybourne Helen
Jennifer Irwin Maria
Rob Stefaniuk Thomas Smith
Natalie Radford Autumn Winters
Karyn Dwyer Summer Falls
Tom Green Dylan
Chuck Campbell Owen

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