MAPS TO THE STARS is about the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.
MAPS TO THE STARS has impressed the critics.
David Stratton of At the Movies called it:
“An abrasive, funny, smartly acted meditation on life in contemporary Hollywood.”
Criag Matheison at The Age called MAPS TO THE STARS:
“A scabrous journey through Hollywood’s malignant mindset that starts with narcissism and ends with death rituals.”
Ken Hanke of Mountain Express wrote that MAPS TO THE STARS
“…is a difficult movie — at once bitterly funny, deeply unsettling and sometimes a little silly. That’s not a bad description of Hollywood and the cult of celebrity, too.”
Liza Minnelli used to say: “The Chase is the Place to be in St. Louis!” Next week at least, she’s right!