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Story

What do you do when you've discovered a new superstar... and she doesn't really exist? That's the delightful premise of Simone, another smart, provocative what-if scenario from writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), whose script for The Truman Show offered a similarly skewed example of manipulated perceptions. Combining equal parts screwball comedy, Hollywood satire, and technological extrapolation, Simone grapples with the inevitable use of digital "synthespians," existing only as malleable computer code, and "performing" to the whims of the programmer. In this case it's a has-been movie director (Al Pacino, in a terrific comedic role) who inherits the Sim-One technology, secretly using the instantly popular Simone (played by unbilled actress Rachel Roberts with digital enhancements) to replace the "supermodel with a SAG card" (Winona Ryder) who walked off his latest ill-fated picture. Filled with clever ideas and a splendid supporting cast, Simone is occasionally uneven and illogical, but consistently brilliant... and be sure to watch beyond the closing credits! --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Deleted Scenes With Direct Access From the Film
  • Cyber Stardom Documentary
  • Simulating S1MONE FX documentary
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • DVD-ROM Content:
  • Script-To-Screen
  • The Real S1MONE Websites

Cast

Al PacinoViktor Taransky
Winona RyderNicola Anders
Jim RashStudio Executive #2
Jay MohrHal Sinclair
Catherine KeenerElaine Christian
Evan Rachel WoodLainey Christian Taransky
Rachel RobertsSimone
Pruitt Taylor VinceMax Sayer
Jason SchwartzmanMilton
Daniel von BargenChief Detective
Elias KoteasHank Aleno
Rebecca RomijnFaith

6.0

When his lead actress, Nicola Anders walks out, failing director, Viktor Taransky is...

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Andrew Niccol
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 117 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1, Standard 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 23, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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