I Used To Be Famous 2022 Directed by Eddie Sternberg Comedy, Drama movie. It follows the journey of former star Vince as he tries to make his name again with the help of young autistic drummer Stevie. It’s about Vince’s relationship with fame and how he comes to love his art independently, without the adulation that comes with it. Now, know about the I Used To Be Famous movie.
I Used To Be Famous: Movie Synopsis
“I Used To Be Famous” opens in 2002 as Vince prepares to perform with his band fronted by him and Austin. Vince is known for his “edgy, mysterious personality” while Austin is more of a “boy next door”. 20 years later, Vince is crossing the street with his musical instruments, trying to play in local pubs, and facing rejection from everyone.
At one point he just gives up and is about to play in the street when he runs into a fan who immediately starts recording him. She also goes at him in a mocking tone, saying that he should go back to his boy band if he hopes to have any success. At the same time, as he begins to play, he is joined by Stevie, who uses his bench as a drum and adds to the beat.
It gathers all the people around to watch their performance. But before they can take it any further, Stevie’s mother comes and takes him away. Vince continues to look for places to play his music when he stumbles upon a music therapy group where he spots Stevie. He is invited in and joins their group for a little performance.
Vince is trying to recapture the glory of his youth and nothing else. It’s a little convulsive to watch him say at a job agency that although he had no formal agency training, he has the talent and natural charisma for it—definitely the words of an editorial written in his heyday. He goes so far as to dye his hair blonde in his band, a look he sported 20 years ago.
He probably thought it would make him more recognizable and acceptable, or maybe he just took his annoying fan a little too seriously. But she had good intentions after all. She shows him a clip of him jamming with Stevie that has gone viral. Pleased to take it to one of the local pubs and use it as leverage to get a gig. His next step is to convince Stevie and his mother. He appears at their place to talk to them. Stevie seems delighted at the prospect, but his mother is more cautious.
She and Vince argue and Stevie is visibly hurt. She goes for his canes because she knows it will calm him down. Meanwhile, Vince starts playing a tune to try to calm him down, and surprisingly it works. Seeing this exchange, Amber gains some confidence in Vince and agrees to let Stevie come forward. The duo is training for their performance, where we get another glimpse into the workings of their minds.
Stevie idolizes certain musicians but wants to bring her own voice to the music world. Vince, on the other hand, focuses on being “someone” instead of being “himself”. The younger boy wants to go to music school to get further in the field. On the day of the concert itself, it goes quite well and the audience loves their performance to the point.
When you’re on a big stage, the audience screams “encore,” but in a smaller setting, the audience won’t listen to your every word unless you’re someone already famous. Vince doesn’t understand the difference and tries to play too many songs. The crowd starts booing him and one man tries to corner Stevie.
In an attempt to protect him, Vince gets into an argument with the man, which results in them being kicked out of the bar and banned for life. To add to his utter embarrassment, this is witnessed by Austin, who has come to watch his performance at his invitation. He tells him to leave him alone. When he goes to talk to Stevie, Amber tells him to never contact them again.
Vince is heartbroken. He goes home and plays some of his old home videos of his brother lying in a hospital bed and Vince promises to show up for his birthday. But he failed to do so, as his band was at the height of its success at the time, and to take a break from it, even to see his dying brother, would mean the end of his career. “I Used To Be Famous.”
And that was why he couldn’t be there for his brother’s last moments. After a seemingly long time, he goes to visit his mother and asks his brother for an accordion. But his mother hurts in her own way. Vince probably never shared his grief with anyone. But that also meant he wasn’t there to support his mother in her grief. His visit to her could be the beginning of their reconciliation, as she later sends him Ted’s harmonica, which he came looking for.
On the other hand, Stevie tells his mother that he wants to be more independent. He wants to take care of himself so that his mother can start pursuing her passion for dance again. He realizes that he is not like others, but does not seem to see this as an obstacle to the way of life he chooses. He has our admiration for that. He proves it by going from place to place giving their band another gig.
He tells Vince to try to apologize to his mother so they can get back to work. Vince does so and in doing so finds himself back in the music therapy group. It turns out that his true talent and charisma lie in being a teacher to the students present. Offered a job, Vince sees his life turn around. He always craved the love and fame that came to him through his music. He was just beginning to realize that it could also be found in the simple act of encouraging others to discover their love of art.
As luck would have it, it was at this time that Austin contacted him and offered him a supporting gig for his upcoming tour. But there’s one condition: Stevie isn’t part of it. Vince is torn about this decision. On the one hand, he always wanted it. On the other hand, it has thanks to Stevie. There must have been that nagging doubt in his mind about whether he would repeat the mistakes of his past. Either way, when he breaks the news to Stevie, he takes it in stride and tells him to go for it.
He also invites him to his birthday the following month. From that moment they both started to move forward in their lives. Vince begins to prepare for his big break. Although initially heartbroken, Stevie rebuilds herself by pursuing what he always wanted – entering music school. He gets to audition for one of his chosen schools.
Meanwhile, Amber visits Vince and congratulates him on his success. But she asks him not to visit Stevie anymore. We agree with her when she says she wants to protect her son from the heartache of empty promises. It makes sense that she wants Vince to stay away from him. “I Used To Be Famous.”
I Used To Be Famous Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
Amber’s visit really forces Vince to look at his priorities and what he wants. Does he really want to sacrifice one more relationship on the altar of glory? Can he justify it to himself? In the words of Stevie, “nobody gets a third strike”. Stevie was his second attempt at righting the wrongs of the past. Does he really want to let it go? Which second shot is more important to him? He will get the answers when he goes to the studio. He finds his tracks being remixed to make them more commercial.
He is handed the contract and asked to make a decision immediately because “if it takes him too long, they might change their mind about him.” But the desperation Vince felt when he first heard this statement in his youth is now absent.
He realizes that the fame and adulation he was chasing was for an imaginary ‘someone’ and not for him, unlike the fame and acceptance he got from his music therapy group or even Stevie. What he had wanted for so long was right there; just now he learned to recognize it.
It’s Stevie’s birthday and this time Vince will be there for his brother. “I Used To Be Famous” ends with Vince taking Stevie to a concert he organized just for him with the help of the band. Stevie is happy to get his friend back and his mother is happy for him. Of course, Vince did not sign the contract.