Review by Bob Ignizio
is a short documentary that interviews several people in the impersonation industry as they gather at a convention for their unusual profession. Yes, there is an Elvis, but there's also Oprah, Clinton and Bush, Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, and even a Dame Edna impersonator (I'll be honest, I had to look that last one up).
The film is funny, but not because it makes fun of its subjects. These aren't a bunch of nutjobs for us to gawk at; rather, for the most part these folks turn out to be genuinely witty and well adjusted. Which I suppose shouldn't be as surprising as it is. After all, they are entertainers, even if it's not the sort of career path most aspiring performers envision for themselves.
At only 15 minutes, there's not much time to really explore what motivates these people to become someone else beyond the obvious physical similarites. Nor is there any attempt to explain why anyone would pay good money to see counterfeit celebrities. I don't know if co-directors Jason Kovacsev and Matt Mamula have plans to expand this into a feature, but there”s certainly more to this subject that would be worth exploring. In the meantime, though, JUST ABOUT FAMOUS provides an intriguing and entertaining glimpse into this twilight world of quasi-stardom. 3 out of 4 stars.