Saturday, September 6, 2014

Collection of reviews and Internet memes about Lifetime's unauthorized biopic "The Brittany Murphy Story"

Here is a compilation of the most memorable reviews and Internet memes about Lifetime's notorious unauthorized biopic "The Brittany Murphy Story."

TV Review: ‘The Brittany Murphy Story’

"As bad as career opportunities got for late actress Brittany Murphy, at least she never had to make something like “The Brittany Murphy Story” — a bottom-feeding slice of tacky TV movie exploitation that transforms a true Hollywood tragedy into tedious trash. A misleading ad campaign stirred buzz that this Lifetime premiere might milk the mysterious circumstances of Murphy’s untimely passing for armchair murder mystery, but there’s nothing quite so salacious at work in the final product. Instead, the telepic’s more pedestrian offenses include embarrassing scripting, awkward performances and threadbare production values. Fortunately, unlike Murphy, it should be quickly forgotten."

Time Magazine
"We Watched Lifetime’s Horrible Brittany Murphy Biopic So You Don’t Have To"

"The Brittany Murphy Story, a movie so underwhelming it makes last year’s Anna Nicole Smith biopic seem like a masterpiece.

The movie’s trailer, which flashes words like “targeted,” “paranoid,” and “afraid for her life,” pegged the biopic as a murder mystery... The first seconds of the movie also implies that she could have been a casualty of Hollywood exploitation. (“You killed her,” Murphy’s husband shouts to salacious paparazzi in the film’s opening sequence — an unintentionally ironic moment considering that Murphy’s actual father accuses the biopic, itself, of being “hideous, unauthorized and completely untrue”).

But the movie isn’t a murder mystery... And the movie isn’t a tribute either. Lead actress Amanda Fuller, who didn’t resemble Murphy or even a real person considering the wigs she was wearing, says she was given two days to prepare for the role, mostly comprised of mugging."

TV Guide
The Brittany Murphy Story Looks Bad, Even by Lifetime Standards

"We don't expect a lot from Lifetime movies, but The Brittany Murphy Story takes low budget to a new level... We previously complained that the stars of the Saved by the Bell movie look nothing like the actual actors, but at least they looked like people. In these clips from the Clueless star's biopic (which has been turned in part into a murder mystery), it's clear that the only thing smaller than the casting budget was the wig budget. As Vulture pointed out, "There are Chihuahuas wearing better, more believable wigs." And that is not an exaggeration.

Watch the clips of this travesty and affront to nature below."

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Rolling Stone
10 Most Hot-Mess Moments in Lifetime's 'The Brittany Murphy Story'

"Because five years after a tragic, sordid death is an excellent time to capitalize on said death, Lifetime just had to go for it. The unauthorized made-for-TV biopic The Brittany Murphy Story promised to be both tasteless and offensive, and boy, does it deliver — adding boring and meandering to its list of epithets.

Shot in just 16 days and starring Brittany Murphy look-nothing-alike Amanda Fuller, TBMS is a toneless slog through a few real moments and a whole lot of made-up things about its subject's life and career... 

Nope, not poison and not toxic mold. According to TBMS, Britt died like the coroner's report said: pneumonia, anemia and mixing prescription drugs. And boy, does Fuller play it up. She moans! She flails! She refuses to go to the hospital because paparazzi! Meanwhile, Simon and Sharon pour ungodly amounts of pills and strange yellow liquids down her throat. But, you know, in a caring way…? After the inevitable bathroom collapse, the three end in a teary pieta, Simon and Sharon holding an unconscious Britt under the slo-mo shower spray as the camera just sort of lolls from side to side. Much like your head probably is."

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Why Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy Movie Is a Disgrace To Her Legacy

"Lifetime aired its buzzed-about biopic on the late Brittany Murphy — aptly titled The Brittany Murphy Story — Saturday night. Controversy reached a fever pitch last week when Murphy’s father Angelo Bertolotti told Examiner he is “outraged” by the “hideous, unauthorized, and completely untrue” film. However, after watching the movie, he isn’t too far off-base.

The Brittany Murphy Story is bad, and that’s an understatement. The film is plagued by poor acting (yes, even for Lifetime), choppy time jumps, and tonal inconsistencies...

The acting is dreadful... Someone needed to tell Fuller this was a Brittany Murphy biopic, not Murphy told through the lens of her Clueless character Tai Frasier... Murphy was a talented actress who deserved much more than what this film did for her... The Brittany Murphy Story does not tell Brittany Murphy’s story; it doesn’t even scratch the surface. True life exploration is replaced with shoddy camp fare that makes Murphy more of a caricature than a human being. And that’s perhaps the biggest tragedy of all."

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The Washington Post
Five moments that tell you more about Brittany Murphy than Lifetime’s debacle

"Lifetime’s “The Brittany Murphy Story” doesn’t think much of Brittany Murphy. The grim, made-for-cable biopic, which premiered on Saturday, depicts the singer-actress as dowdy, insecure, and codependent, ignoring her considerable talent and zeroing in on her mysterious, creepy relationship with Simon Monjack (Eric Petersen), the paparazzo-turned-screenwriter who would eventually become her husband.

Amanda Fuller, the actress tasked with playing Murphy, is handicapped not only by her lack of physical resemblance to Murphy but also by an inability to capture Murphy’s incandescence... 

The real tragedy of Lifetime’s rendering is not in the sad goings-on that preceded Murphy’s death but in the complete absence of the joy and oddness and passion that made Brittany Murphy. Lifetime reduces her to a giggling, antidepressant-popper whose career is over almost as soon as it begins. While this isn’t surprising — what are Lifetime Original Movies, if not reductive and salacious? — it’s yet another way to sell short a young woman whose rumor-plagued career overshadowed her promise. Five years following her untimely passing, she still deserves better... 

For an artist who wasn’t around long enough to realize her full potential and who was often better than her material, that says far more about her talent than a shoddily made biopic ever could."

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‘The Brittany Murphy Story’ Is the Shameless Lifetime Cash Grab We All Knew It Would Be

"Even outside of the movie’s actual content, The Brittany Murphy Storyhas been doomed from the start; Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, has plenty to say about the existence of the film and it’s also led to an interview where he suggests that her mother, Sharon Murphy (a pivotal character in the movie), killed their daughter. The casting is horrendous, and the entire movie was shot in 16 days — which definitely shows. I wouldn’t be surprised if the script was also written during that same period...

The less said about the acting, the better. Amanda Fuller doesn’t play Brittany Murphy so much as Tai from Clueless, and acts just by bobbing her head nonsensically...

The Brittany Murphy Story does not fall into the so-bad-it’s-good camp, because it is not even remotely entertaining. It’s not ironically good, and it’s not worth the energy to hate-watch."

The Brittany Murphy StoryLooks God-Awful

"Lifetime's severely low-end Brittany Murphy biopic, The Brittany Murphy Story, airs September 6, and these clips from it do not look encouraging. In fact, they look horrendous. There are amateur pornos made at a higher quality. There are Chihuahuas wearing better, more believable wigs. Simply holding a paper cutout of Brittany Murphy's face on a Popsicle stick up to one's face would be more lifelike. The Saved by the Bell movie certainly looks terrible, but these clips are a new high/low in true awfulness."

Entertainment Realm
The Brittany Murphy Story: TV movie review

"Brittany Murphy’s death at age 32 was tragic and shocking. Unfortunately so too is this biopic on Lifetime. It’s like watching a first-time-script-read-through. Girl-next-door Amanda Fuller [she played Tim Allen’s daughter in the TV series Last Man Standing which I’ve never seen] bears zero resemblance to Brittany Murphy nor does she attempt to personify the charming, doe-eyed actress... Worst of all, Fuller often seems to be reading her lines, not emoting and getting into character. She doesn’t even she attempt Brittany’s raspy voice and New Jersey accent. Throwing on a few wigs doesn’t make you the person... I know people will tune in but it’s a colossal mess from script to directing to acting."