On the brink of bankruptcy, Director Viktor Toransky (Al Pacino) desperately needs to complete his film in progress when the leading lady, temperamental Nicola (Winona Ryder), walks out. A high tech computer program enables Viktor to digitally produce the remarkably realistic and beautiful Simone (Rachel Roberts) and manipulate her computer images to blend with live actors on the big screen. But Viktor’s secret solution demands that he convince co-workers, the press, and the public to honor his new “discovery’s” wish for complete privacy. But when the mysterious, artificial star becomes an international celebrity, Viktor must go to even greater lengths to hide the truth. With an outstanding performance by Pacino and a funny, fanciful, refreshing story, “Simone” adds up to great entertainment.
To feed his starved ego and win back his ex-wife Elaine (Catherine Keener), Viktor lies once, then three more times to cover up the first, making his professional comeback a nightmare. But the truth wins out. Considering the possibilities with the PG-13 rating, “Simone’s” foul language seems rather subdued with one obscenity and a few regular profanities. Sparse sexual content includes Viktor’s assistant trying unsuccessfully to seduce him. And, to fool the press and make them think Simone is real, Viktor strews lacy black lingerie around his hotel room. “Simone” stands out as one of the few recent films aimed at older audiences that can be Dove approved.