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'Delusions of Guinevere' cautions on pitfalls of YouTube fame

'Delusions of Guinevere' cautions on pitfalls of YouTube fame
Gracit Carli as Lillia, Freddie Lee Bennett as Marcus, Amy Hadin as Brianna and Arina Bernstein as Guinevere in "Delusions of Guinevere." (Indie Rights)

An often-amusing cautionary tale about the perils of social media, "Delusions of Guinevere" is a savvy if uneven satire about a struggling 29-year-old actress whose career peaked two decades earlier.

Ariana Bernstein, also one of the film's co-writers, plays the delusional title character in question: an overweight former child star who seems destined to be forever known as "The Geleé Girl" from the popular gelatin dessert commercials she appeared in as a kid.

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No longer willing to be subjected to humiliating auditions and even more humiliating "innovative theater stuff," she reinvents herself as a YouTube sensation with a little help from her friends, but that gambit for newfound fame comes at a price.

Director Joanna Bowzer employs a casually sardonic touch that serves the material well until a fateful plot point ultimately sends "Delusions of Guinevere" veering irreversibly off-course into darker, less rewarding terrain.

Despite that unsuccessful tonal shift, the comedy serves as a crisp calling card for Bernstein, an empathetic, spirited newcomer.

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"Delusions of Guinevere"

MPAA rating: None.

Running time: 1 hour, 24 minutes.

Playing: Arena Cinema, Hollywood.

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