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Open House [Import]

Hedy Burress , James Duval , Dan Mirvish    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Anthony Rapp - (Barry) "We're paving new ground with this real-estate musical! Dan, the mad genius he is, emailed and asked me electronically if I wanted to consider the film. He'd seen me in MAN OF THE CENTURY when it was at Slamdance a few years back, and producer/star Gibson Fraizer recommended me to him. The script was goofy, smart, subversive. I've always had a taste for goofball, dark comedy. The voice, the energy was so textured - it had a real heart among the screwball. Besides, all my Indie experiences have been great, they're a labor of love and I like to honor that.

"Barry is a singing realtor. He's got gusto. He's got passion. Barry loves this house, and loves the notion of getting it into some good hands. Working with Dan is like jumping off the cliff every day, but he does give you this freedom, this trust that allows us to keep it fresh. An Indie musical has its own charm by the very seat-of-our-pants nature (especially since Dan gave us no rehearsal time, and has no idea of notes or rhythm!). It's what gave me the opportunity to really have some fun improvising Barry."

Sally Kellerman - (Marjorie Milford) "This is such a delightful script. I've done Indies of course, but never a guerilla-Indie like this one. But I adore my character, while still being challenged by her. How surprising to have this character be a realtor who enjoys her drinking, and likes to show her clients a good time. And at the end of the day, I get to fall in love.

"I've been in two flops in my life, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS on stage, and the musical LOST HORIZON. I think maybe this charmingly original musical can be a comeback for a fun genre."

James Duval - (Joel Rodman) "My character, Joel, is a bit more traditional than his girlfriend, Debbie. He's looking to commit, as long as it's with Debbie, and he'll do anything for her. She's definitely the owner of the pants in this relationship!

"I said yes to Dan because of the level of talent he was assembling, and the script was great. Plus, it meant Dan and I were finally working together. We'd tried to do a film a few years ago called STAMP AND DELIVER, but we had to shut down due to shady money people before we could get the first shot off.

"Working with him now is more of everything I thought it would be - easy going, liberal, very loose, very open to letting us try what we want to try. It's the antithesis to Gregg Araki's style. Every day was unique and had such great moments in it that I'll never forget, but one of my favorites has to be the finale, the big dance sequence is definitely the cherry on top of the cinematic sundae we have here."

Kellie Martin - (Debbie Delaney) "Jimmy and I are such a dynamic duo as Debbie and Joel. And the musical challenge was so intriguing to me, it gave me something I'd have to work hard at and that scared and excited me. I had to say yes."

"The open house is where all these different lives converge; I like why Jimmy and I are there - we get to be the Œsexy swipers,' which means we get to have sex and steal! Jimmy's great to work with, he's fearless and since I hold back a bit it was a good combination."

Jerry Doyle - (Dave Torkenson) "My character, Dave, is a frustrated guy, a jewelry store owner who is down on life and decides to plan a heist. I love the fact that Dave runs into ALL the characters, and in the end that's how he finds his redemption. He doesn't see it coming, but it's great.

"When I first started on this movie, I kept thinking it was NOISES OFF meets COP ROCK. The scariest part for me was that I had to sing. I told Dan in the audition, I don't sing. He made me sing ŒHappy Birthday' for my audition and I was sure he'd see what I meant by ŒI don't sing.' But he hired me anyway and said I had to. I panicked. I'd play the CD over and over again in my car, desperately trying to get it right. But when you have Anthony Rapp and Ann Magnuson - these great singers you'd pay $80 to see on Broadway - on set with you, you've just got to be elated! All of them, Anthony, Ann, Sally, they just made it effortless."

Ann Magnuson - (Sarah Jane Tibbett) "It's a bucolic, hellish life Sarah Jane is living, being this normal It's killing her. When these Altman-esque eccentrics converge on her house, it's enough to send her over the edge. It was intriguing to me that Sarah Jane was based on Sarah Jane Olson, who as fate would have it, was sentenced on our first day of shooting."

"In musicals you don't really need motivation to break into song, they projectile vomit right out of you! Some fans may be surprised when they see me in OPEN HOUSE, but Sarah Jane and I both are many-sided, refracting from all bizarre angles. This film may make me start breaking into song daily now."

Hedy Burress - (Gloria Hobbs) "Gloria is a cop first. She's a bit uptight, a bit inept. In fact, she's a mess. Think Jamie Lee Curtis in BLUE STEEL crossed with Holly Hunter in RAISING ARIZONA, it's a toss up. But I loved how weird the script was, and how weird Gloria is. And you just can't say no to Dan Mirvish."

Robert Peters - (Ron Tucker) "Dan and I knew each other from a film I directed that screened (and won) at Slamdance, MUTUAL LOVE LIFE. What I found out about Dan working with him on set every day is that no matter what obstacles, the train keeps going. And he puts together a great cast who thrives on that. Hedy and I both play inept cops who are hot for each other. It couldn't be more fun. We alternate between goofy and incompetent. I put on 40 pounds for this role - you should see me now."


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun musical! June 23 2009
Format:DVD
I bought this movie because Anthony Rapp is in it. He definitely makes the show. While this is an extremely low-budget film it has a few great tunes that will stick in your mind. For any Anthony Rapp fan this is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unassuming and lot of fun! Oct. 5 2005
Format:DVD
Definitely a movie that will put a smile on your face while you're watching it, and keep it there whenever you think of the songs (which are hard to get out of my head!). I really didn't know what to expect from this post-modern musical. I saw it at a film festival last year, and I'm really looking forward to the DVD extras. I understand that the actors all sang live without dubbing, so it'll be interesting to see how they pulled it off. Anthony Rapp is great as the wacky real estate agent at the center of the maelstrom, but Sally Kellerman damn near steals the whole show with her drunken Mae West-type character. And just when you think this is just silly fluff, the director tugs on your emotions stronger than you'd think. with songs like "Selling a Dream" and "It's My House," you'll find out just how emotional you can get about a house. It really makes you think about the home that you grew up in yourself. Surprisingly powerful, while still an unassuming joy. Can't wait to get it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musical Oct. 6 2005
By Michael Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Having seen an advance screening at the Egyptian theater in Hollywood, I was thrilled to see the return of Dan Mirvish' directorial prowess. Not since his 1994 film " Omaha the Movie", have I been as impressed with a directing style. From the broad dance numbers to the very funny song lyrics, Dan's dry wit and humor is abundant in this film. I was told that the actors sang live on set and that very little was done in editing. How bold a concept to let the actor's true talents show throughout the project. I just hope I dont have to wait another 10 years for the next Dan Mirvish film.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing, and wonderfully creative! *SLIGHT SPOILERS INCLUDED* Dec 1 2005
By B. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Do you love this house? Do you love this house?"

Yeah, I really did. Dan Mirvish has wonderfully created a light, hysterical and crazy story about achieving the American Dream: buying your first house.

This movie's awesome. I loved it. Just off-kilter enough to be funny and heartfelt without being diabetes inducing. I absolutely loved it!

My favorite part was Anthony Rapp's song "My House" towards the end. Everything that he says in that song was exactly how I felt when me and my family moved out of our house. I lived in my house for like ten years and that's exactly how I felt when we had to leave. And you have to know I was so pissed at the people who bought it from us when I saw that they'd let the lawn die!

I think this is why Open House works, because everyone can relate to this.

Great job. I really loved it. Hysterical, great performances, great screenplay and awesome camera work!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is FANTABULOUS! March 14 2006
By Ashia Alcover Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I found out about this movie becaues Anthony Rapp was in it. I knew nothing about it untill i spotted it at the store. I picked it up, read the back, and thought it sounded interesting. A musical about real estate, something i've never seen before. I bought and watched it the minute i got home and completely LOVED it. The songs were catchy and it had a strange but good story line. It was fun to see people you wouldn't noremally see singing, singing songs about loveing a house or sexy swiping or making a safe houes of love. It's not a normal musical, but i love all the songs and by the end of the movie i was singing Fantabulous and It's My House. It definetly a movie i'll never fotget.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hysterical, musical romp! Oct. 5 2005
By Constance Krakatoa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie was an absolute joy to watch! It constantly surprised me - first with the musical numbers, which are like none others I'd seen in a movie - and then with the heart of the characters (Anthony Rapp was amazing!),and the depth of the story (don't reveal the ending!). Somehow this movie slipped through the cracks on its big screen release (I saw it in Santa Fe), but now's our chance to get the DVD. I can't wait to share this with everyone I know. Oh, and Sally Kellerman was fantabulous!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a huge disappointment! Feb. 8 2008
By S. Flaherty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'm a RENT fan, so when I found this Anthony Rapp musical movie I had never heard of I was pretty excited. When I watched it I couldn't believe how bad it was. The story line has some (but very little) potential, but to call it a musical is being very, very generous. The "music" is pathetic as are the lyrics. As for the singers, Anthony Rapp does the best he can with the weak material. The rest of the singers' voices are as bad as the "songs" they are singing. I finished watching it because I had invested in it (my mistake) but it was actually hard to get through it. I felt so sorry for Rapp to have been in such a low-budget, poor project; he is so very talented. If you are an Anthony Rapp fan, do yourself a favor, continue to enjoy him in RENT recordings and don't spoil your image of him by watching this fiasco.
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