Synopsis by Mark Deming
A British suburb is infected with a severe dose of celebrity worship in this comedy from the U.K. Stella Street is a cul-de-sac in a middle-class suburb of South London. The street has been home to a handful of British show business figures who have moved on to more prestigious environs as they reached the big time, among them the Beatles and Michael Caine. Caine, however, breaks precedent by moving back to Stella Street after an unhappy episode in Los Angeles. Word gets out about Caine's presence in the humble surroundings of Stella Street, and before long a steady stream of Hollywood stars begin snapping up homes there, including Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Madonna, and Joe Pesci, which attracts plenty of star gazers from neighboring communities and annoys several of the locals, among them genial washerwoman Mrs. Huggett and half-mad gardener Len McMonotoney. Stella Street was based on a BBC comedy series created by writers/comedians Phil Cornwell and John Sessions; they also wrote the screenplay for the film (with director Peter Richardson) and play nearly all the characters themselves, including impersonating Stella Street's celebrity denizens.
celebrity, gardener, middle-class, paparazzi, stars [celebrities], starstruck