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The Deal (+ Digital Copy) (2007)

William H. Macy , Meg Ryan  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Meg Ryan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Peace Arch Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D264TU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A smooth talking movie producer (William H. Macy) and a straight arrow studio exec (Meg Ryan) reluctantly team up to take on Tinseltown and unexpectedly fall for each other in the process.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny and fun to watch April 24, 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable romp into showbiz, The Deal exposes what must go on prior to the making of some films and explains why the indies rarely get made while stupid, overdone productions get a green light. The film contains what has become an almost signature role for William H. Macy - that of a loathsome, self-deprecating man who somehow is able to win the audience over by the end of the movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lisa O.
I thought this movie was hysterical, but in a quiet, subtle way. Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer, and I've seen this kind of thing happen in attorneys' characterizations of their clients (or their adversaries). It's all in that moment when he looks at his nephew's script (I won't give the topic away), and then at the article in Variety about the recently converted to Judaism black action star . . . . and he puts two and two together and it adds up to about a hundred and sixty-seven. And everyone falls for it. Or maybe it's just because I'm Jewish. Anyway, this is a fine addition to this genre. It's not just about the zaniness of film shoots; it's about the zaniness of people's minds.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Although films about Hollywood, and movies about making movies, are always a difficult sell, "The Deal" with Meg Ryan and William Macy is better than most, and in fact is a fairly cute and entertaining Meg Ryan movie.

The film received poor reviews, and went straight to video. But it's surprisingly funny and well done. However, the problem that films in this genre always have is that they are, ultimately, about either the tragedy or the comedy, or both, of pimping and whoring.

People in the movie business, and some movie enthusiasts in the know, find this kind of backstage story great fun. But the audience doesn't seem to care for the implication that they are dolts and marks being gamed by various users and predators in the Hollywood system, who may just coincidentally have made films that the audience loves. In any case, it's worth a view, even if you have to deal with Meg's post surgery face -- she's so cute, can't she just be cute and older, instead of botoxed, lifted, implanted, stretched and embalmed. Evidently not...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Deal April 22, 2010
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The Deal is a film that will be studied in film classes in the future. It is a comedy approach to how a film is made, (like Singing in the Rain without signing and dancing). Both of these movies were condemned by critics upon the making of them. The Deal is funning and to be seen as a joke on the industry and then how to make a film and get it produced. I liked it and say it is worth buying just laugh at a film in a film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LOL January 28, 2009
By MuzaK
I recently screened this film at the Sundance film festival. And even though i did not have high hopes for this film; the wit and comedy stylings of the cast really pulled through, and made this film very enjoyable. William H Macy and Meg Ryan oddly enough had great chemistry and succeeded at poking fun at the insiders in the film industry. Also LL Cool J is playing a Jewish Action star which is pretty much reason alone to check out this movie.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"The Deal" is a light comedy with a bit of romance and satire thrown in. It follows the story of one Charlie Burns (William H. Macy, who also co-wrote the screenplay), a failed Hollywood film producer, who uses his nephew's period-piece script (about 19th century British writer and statesman Benjamin Disraeli) for his "comeback." While Charlie struggles to get what he wants (sometimes by cheating and lying), he meets a beautiful studio executive Deidre (Meg Ryan). I almost forgot to say that Charlie is a lady's man, too.

I am always interested in the "films about filmmaking" sub-genre. You know, there are so many of them - "Adaptation" "Bowfinger" etc - and some are great ("Day for Night") and some terrible ("An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn" ... what else?). Thanks to the cast (that includes Elliot Gould as rabbi and L.L. Cool J. as spoiled action star), "The Deal" is mildly amusing, but the film's satire is not sharp and the jokes are not very funny.

Don't get me wrong. I like Meg Ryan and William H. Macy. But somehow it seems they are not the right choice for the roles they are playing in "The Deal." There is no chemistry between the two leads to make me believe that they fall in love with each other. Besides, the story itself doesn't convince me. How can a down-and-out film producer like Charlie get a 100 million dollar action movie greenlit when everyone in Hollywood knows he has been unsuccessful so long?

All in all "The Deal" is not that bad, at least to me, but it has no originality either, except the location of South Africa. Perhaps this is the most convincing part of the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny December 20, 2013
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Interesting look into Hollywood. Funny. Meg and Macy are great together. The plot is a bit predictable but takes a few twists and turns
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This show had it's moments June 15, 2014
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I bought it because I'm a huge William H. Macy fan, and I really enjoyed watching it. Really cute story.
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