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Leah Not Leia (2011)

It is a dark time for a Rebellion, Especially if your name sounds similar to a well known galactic princess. This story chronicles the times of a girl named LEAH, who has a particular ... See full summary »

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Darth Maul / Anakin
Tawny Amburgey ...
Neighbor Lady
Neal Anderson ...
Pool Party Person
Jamie Angel ...
Leah - Age 3
Apollo Bacala ...
Jar Jar Lover
Nathan Bechtold ...
Kevin Jackson
Chazz Bennett ...
Cowboy
Elizabeth Bowers ...
Rainbow Brite
Zachary Bowers
Stephen Carlsgaard ...
Pool Party Person
Liz Collar ...
Leah
Dakota Detienne ...
Trick-or-treater 3
Mark Edlin ...
Pool Party Person
Luke Edwards ...
Pool Party Person
Carrie Fedor ...
Anastasia
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It is a dark time for a Rebellion, Especially if your name sounds similar to a well known galactic princess. This story chronicles the times of a girl named LEAH, who has a particular disgust for that popular Science Fiction series, for that very reason. From the moment she was born, people have gotten her name completely wrong because of that movie. Well no more. She is taking a stand and reminding others that her name is LEAH NOT LEIA. This comedy short strikes back for every kid named Scotty that had to hear 'Beam me up!' repeatedly, or every girl named Jenny that had to listen to that infamous telephone number over and over again. This film will give you a new hope for naming our future generations. Written by Anonymous

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Charming story about a beautiful girl saddled with a difficult name
13 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Leah, Not Leia" is a fun and simple story about a girl growing up in the shadow of Princess Leia. While a deep familiarity with the Star Wars franchise is not a prerequisite to enjoyment, there are enough references and in jokes to ensure a richer experience for fans.

The real joy however, is in the writing, the confident direction, and the heartfelt and believable performances of the cast. At one point, in the middle of the films climax, I was so taken with a well delivered speech that I hit pause and told my wife, "That guy is good!"

It's not a perfect film--the copy I watched had some minor lighting and sound-sync problems--but a great deal of care and a lot of ambitious hard work has obviously gone into the production. There are multiple locations, dozens of actors, several crane shots, and a story arc that cross two decades to cover. There are also throw-away characters that are worth short films of their own. (Watch for "The Biker"'s hilarious appearance, as well as a self-satisfied Jabba the Hut analog!.)

For all of us who have suffered childhood taunts from the want of a normal name, "Leah, Not Leia" brings peace and an end to torment with its satisfying resolution. Check it out!


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