The Deal 2008 R

(33) IMDb 5.7/10

A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. Production is halted however, when the lead actor is kidnapped from the European set, so the producer hatches a scheme with a struggling creative executive to save the star and the movie.

Starring:
William H. Macy, Meg Ryan
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Steven Schachter
Starring William H. Macy, Meg Ryan
Supporting actors LL Cool J, Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter, Fiona Glascott, Sharon Raginiano, John Carson, David Hunt, Jeremy Crutchley, Natasha Rees-Davies, Aiden Lithgow, Kate Blumberg, Tere Morris, Sean Higgs, Adrian Galley, Nina Shepherd, Jeanne Neilson, Todd Weeks, George Jackos
Studio Phase 4
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AIROLF VINE VOICE on April 24, 2010
Format: DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa O. on June 6, 2012
Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on November 21, 2009
Format: DVD
"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 By Bo Knows on May 25, 2014
Format: DVD
This is a movie about a movie. It is suppose to be a satire. The film offers a solid cast performing in a confusing, trite and uninteresting film. Lots of profanity, lots of locations, and little chemistry between Macy and Ryan. This film was bashed by critics. On the surface, the pairing of Ryan and Macy seems like a great idea for a romantic comedy. Unfortunately neither character is particularly interesting.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MuzaK on January 28, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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.
Enjoy!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. K. Moseley VINE VOICE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan B on September 10, 2014
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I really want to give it 0 stars. Obviously these stars needed to add to their retirement program. It was boring, vulgar, and the author was trying to reveal what Hollywood is really like, I will stop going to films so I do not support these types of low life characters.
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