Morgan Beale is a pop icon - and hates every second of it. He begins adapting the latest best seller, The Chihuahua in the Blue Prada Bag, into a blockbuster movie just before his celebutante wife starts remodeling their Hollywood home, driving Beale to a hotel. Dodging the paparazzi one morning on his way to Starbucks, he spots his writing partner, Luke, who has been dead for over a decade, and who is staring into a mysterious hole in the ground. Driving headlong into the hole, they discover the surreal otherworld of Starbucks Nation, a film set littered with characters from Beales life and the novel he's adapting, including a talking Chihuahua and an elite commando unit of ethnic cookie-making elves.
Mercilessly lampooning our fascination with reality television, celebrity blunders, and mindless infotainment, Starbucks Nation brilliantly showcases the absurdities of modern society.
Starbucks Nation is one part postmodern fairy tale, one part satire of modern life - at least as it's lived in overly caffeinated, celebrity-obsessed LA. Performer Nicholas Tecosky's pleasant but flat tones are well-suited to author Chris Ver Wiel's acerbic tale, which skewers everything in Hollywood from morning shows and celebrity magazines to white wine-swilling producers and image-obsessed starlets. Though things start out normally enough - the extremely cynical screenwriter Morgan Beale is adapting the best seller The Chihuahua in the Blue Prada Bag - they take a turn for the seriously weird when Beale runs into his long-dead writing partner next to a hearse. A fun listen for those who like their satire dark, dry, and jaded.
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