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What Just Happened? [Blu-ray] (2008)

Robert De Niro , Stanley Tucci  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Stanley Tucci
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB55XK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Just Happened? [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A winningly sharp comedy about two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the world of a middle-aged Hollywood producer.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Satirical Look at Hollywood October 11, 2008
Format:DVD
Director Barry Levinson hasn't had much luck lately - after Bandits, which was a good though not anything very noteworthy comedy caper, he had two colossal duds in a row- Envy and Man of the Year- which, despite an otherwise impressive host of films (i.e. Diner, Rainman, Sleepers, even Toys) could have threatened to throw him off track ala Rob Reiner. But in a way What Just Happened was relatable for Levinson, despite it being the stories of Art Linson, semi-famous producer who's had hits and misses throughout his career, and at the same time gave him some ample material for some sardonic, spot-on satire of the industry. It's not the Player, don't get me wrong, but it gives its winks and nods to the egomania, the preciousness of directors and stars, and how personal lives get caught up in the mix without getting too smug with us common moviegoers.

Probably the funniest, as sort of a near running gag, is the latest film that producer Ben (De Niro) is being test-screened for audiences; a rough cut of "Fiercly" starring Sean Penn (who, as with Bruce Willis, plays "Himself" in the film) disturbs the audience because, on top of a bleak end for its hero, a dog is killed on screen (this, for all the wrong reasons, is hysterical funny, if only for the deadpan reaction from DeNiro to the insanely negative response cards). The director, however, a British hipster (brilliantly played by Michael Wincott), doesn't take it lightly that he doesn't have final cut. This brings around what seems like a moment of levity midway... and then back to the start when it comes time for Cannes. On top of this is Willis's 'plot-line' involving a beard he won't shave off. It's almost like a slight reprisal of his part in Four Rooms, only put to a much bigger, aggrandizing maximum.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of daily life in Hollywood September 5, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I was surprised at some of the negative reviews here about a film I've seen at least 20 times. Based upon Art Linson's autobiographical book of the same name, the movie does a great job of binding disparate chapters into a cohesive story that - while it's in no way fun or pleasant - paints a painfully accurate picture of an industry that's full of money and egos. While there are many industry films out there, What Just Happened reveals the money-focused obsession of studios, the narcissism of actors and the pathological dedication of semi-sane directors. And by the way, Michael Wincott's character here and his film 'Fiercely' is really supposed to be David Fincher's Fight Club.

While admittedly it's more accessible to movie bores like me, I think there's enough wit and cleverness in the script to keep the casual viewer engaged. Robert De Niro is excellent as the producer under fire and there's a fine supporting cast of the likes of Stanley Tucci and Sean Pean who play their respective roles perfectly. A tip of the hat goes to Bruce Willis for an excellent self parody as the actor who threatens an entire production because he won't shave his beard. And Catherine Keener is fantastic as the unflinching studio head who will take final cut from a director if the dollar signs add up.

As someone who has flirted with the entertainment industry on various occasions, the bizarre situations posed in the movie strike a chord and remind you that Hollywood is about 10% product and 90% money, power and egos. What Just Happened is clever, insightful and well scripted and certainly worthy of higher praise than it's been receiving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny satire of Hollywood October 12, 2011
Format:DVD
Normally, I hate movies about movies. It's just so incestuous. However, this very funny satire is one exception. DeNiro, as usual, is very funny as the nervous producer clinging by his fingertips to power as everyone around him seems to be causing him problems. Bruce Willis, too, is funny as the egotistical star who won't shave his beard for a big movie and might cause everyone to lose their jobs. All of the roles are funny, Sean Penn and the director who won't make cuts in a film to save it. I thought the script is very smart and had the right touch. The pacing is deft.. I disagree with all the negative comments about this film. Watch it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I believe this is an amazing movie for people in business to share with spouse and family members who can't really grasp the realities of what happens in the business world. Yes, this movie focuses on self absorbed actors and directors and demanding money, but it mirrors what successful business people navigate through daily. The main charactor always has his eye on getting the job done and has to appease unrealistic and emotional demands with a smile on his face and keep pushing forward. He needs to fix a problem, while balancing all of the parties involved and he pushes forward. I am sure any business person can relate to this and the power of the person who has the vision to see the bigger picture, despite the idiots he has to deal with.

Now this may sound boring by my description, but if you are in a demanding professional position, you should find this movie awesome. This is the first movie I have watched twice since I was a child. If you have a family member who works professionally and you cannot fathom what their life is like, watch this movie and truly put yourself in DeNiro's shoes. DeNiro is the only one aware that unless the job gets done nobody makes any money and the game is over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
I really expected more out of this movie, given the cast. I turned it off after about 30 minutes.
Published 4 days ago by Carly
1.0 out of 5 stars too slow and not funny..
Stopped watching after 20 minutes, too slow and not funny...
Published 15 days ago by Alanna K O'Grady
2.0 out of 5 stars Ban movie about making a bad movie. Star studded cast must have agreed...
Ban movie about making a bad movie. Star studded cast must have agreed to do it because it's about their industry...but don't be fooled.
Published 16 days ago by Nicole F.
2.0 out of 5 stars Could believe how bad this was!
Cannot believe how BAD and BORING this movie is...it feels like an insiders joke about Hollywood! The stars in the movie must have been someone a favor.
Published 1 month ago by C. F. Jung
1.0 out of 5 stars Good job De Niro thanks for wasting 2 hours of my time
Don't watch this it has a ridiculous idiotic plot revolving around Bruce Willis shaving his beard for a movie role, and a dog being shot in the head. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chucky Cheese
1.0 out of 5 stars Robert, retire, please.....
Old, old, old, boring story, and I am as old as the actors......
Published 1 month ago by Gerald J. Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good picture about life
I love DeNiro's sense of humor and reality. He is very believable as the main actor. He gives the whole picture a unique way to look at life in Hollywood.
Published 1 month ago by B.Cooper
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Managed to make it through 10 minutes...
Published 2 months ago by Pianoman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not a good Robert de Nero's movie compares to another of his
Published 2 months ago by Jiashi Feng
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring...
it was slow and just didn't keep our attention - we turned it off after 30 min...
Published 2 months ago by Fast Resolution
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