Wanna get angry?  If so, then watch The Hollywood Complex!

The Hollywood Complex follows several families who live in a strange apartment complex in the Hollywood area. I say it’s strange because it is made up of families who think their child will become a star–and the management host a variety of events geared towards training these kids for stardom. These families allowed the filmmakers access to their lives–to follow them and show their quest for fame.

This is a hard film to watch. These children should NOT be working and should be allowed to be kids. Watching these selfish parents pushing their kids to become obsessed with stardom really irritated me. Don’t these folks have any values or life aside from pushing their kids to become actors?! Look at what they give up in search of this dream. And, how many of these kids really want stardom and how many are just pushed into it by insane parents? The film has many strange yet fascinating moments. A few that stood out for me included:

The Hollywood Complex
Directed by
Dylan Nelson, Dan Sturman
Andrew Manley, Rosie Forti, Toni Casala
Release Date
Martin’s Grade: A-

One family rummaging through trash can for aluminum cans to recycle in order to afford to live out their dream of stardom–as they can barely afford this lifestyle.

Tami Erin–a 38 year-old star with only five IMDb credits. She portrays herself as a great star (her big claim to fame was playing one of the Pippi Longstockings) and talks about her acting school or some such nonsense.

A “Crying on Cue Workshop,” This is just too amazing to put into words.

Cory Feldman at awards ceremony for child actors! No one seems to see the irony of this even though Feldman is the poster child for the screwed up child actor.

One child acting school touts Brittany Murphy as an alumnus. Murphy died recently at age 32.  It’s very sad and VERY ironic that she was mentioned.

Families leaving fathers and other siblings back East for months or years at a time.

One mother dabbling in Scientology by taking classes, as it might give them an edge on getting closer to the Hollywood elite!  She doesn’t believe in what they preach—but loves the organization’s popularity among celebrities!

One lady who insists her child will NOT compromise their values. Later, however, the kid does a reading for the role of a cursing hermaphrodite. The lines the man at the audition reads are SICK–and the man talks about hacking off a person’s manhood to this child.

Scams, scams, scams–with talent agencies and photographers making HUGE promises to untalented and unattractive kids instead of honestly telling them they haven’t got what it takes to be stars.

I know these comments seem harsh, but I just couldn’t help think that none of these kids needed to be doing this—they should just be kids. The filmmakers chose, quite wisely, not to narrate or comment on all this–just showing everything and letting the viewer make up their own minds–which, I assume, are about as negative towards these folks as I am. Well made and fascinating–like a very nasty train wreck that I just couldn’t stop myself from watching.  Just be forewarned—the film will most likely make you angry!

Review by Lead Entertainment Writer & Film Critic, Martin Hafer