This mostly works as a curious commentary on star Naomi Watts’ career. Her Ellie, a struggling Hollywood actress frantically running from one futile audition to the next, is a variation on Watts’ breakout role in Mulholland Drive, while one scene takes place at a zoo, where she goes gaga over gorillas. Sound familiar? The King Kong star fully embraces the chance to de-glam here – perhaps too much so, considering that writer-director Scott Coffey’s verite digital camera even
captures her sitting on the toilet – yet she does so in an aimless exercise. Aspiring thespians may find Ellie Parker± comforting in the same way Dilberts appreciate television’s “The Office,” but it offers little therapy or entertainment for anyone else.