Casting JonBenet (2017)

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Casting JonBenet (2017)

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey's Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.
USA
Australia
China
IMDb  6.1 /10
Metacritic   74%
Creators
Director Kitty Green
Writer Kitty Green
Information
Release Date2017-04-28
Runtime1h 20mins
GenreDocumentary
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
Awards2 wins & 8 nominations.
CompanyForensic Films, Symbolic Exchange, Meridian Entertainment
CountryUSA, Australia, China
LanguageEnglish
JonBenet Ramsey / JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Liv Bagley
Liv Bagley
JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Shylee Sagle
Shylee Sagle
JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Danika Toolson
Danika Toolson
JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Nicole Hamilton
Nicole Hamilton
JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / JonBenet Ramsey Dance Double / Self
Emma Winslow
Emma Winslow
JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Elle Walker
Elle Walker
JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Officer French / John Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Kit Thompson
Kit Thompson
Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Stephanie Federico
Stephanie Federico
Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self (as Tamara Hutchins)
Deb Hultgren
Deb Hultgren
Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self

Casting JonBenet

Casting JonBenet is a 2017 documentary film about the death of JonBenét Ramsey and the large impact it left behind. The film was directed by Kitty Green.


Plot

Casting JonBenet documents the casting process for the re-enactments in the documentary. Various Colorado-area actors are interviewed and tested for the roles of real people involved in the case, including John and Patsy Ramsey, Burke Ramsey, John Mark Karr and Boulder police officials. During the process, the would-be actors, dressed as the individuals they are auditioning for, reveal their emotions about the case and offer their own speculations. Rather than documenting the crime, the film observes how the events have become a point of pop-cultural obsession and conspiracy.


Release

The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Netflix gained the rights to distribute Casting JonBenet, and began streaming it on April 28, 2017.


Reception

Casting JonBenet received positive reviews upon release. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81%, based on 47 reviews, and an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Casting JonBenét's unorthodox approach to its genre sets it apart in a crowded field, making for a uniquely thought-provoking true crime documentary hybrid." On Metacritic, it holds a rating of 74 out of 100, based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".