What Just Happened? [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I thought De Niro did a great job portraying this producer in all his angst. I enjoyed seeing the other performers in an all star cast. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kevin
With such a great cast, its a shame they could not pull a better comedy together.Published 3 months ago by UpstateNYmom
Couldn't get past the first several minutes, so don't know if it ended up being any good. It was already dragging on...Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found myself very interested in this movie, all the way through. There are a lot of great actors I really enjoy in it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by good enough