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

Robert De Niro , Stanley Tucci  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Stanley Tucci
  • Format: 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: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB55XK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Just Happened? [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of daily life in Hollywood September 5, 2012
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars boring I can't stress how boring
I was surprised with stars like DeNiro and Willis in this movie it was so boring I only watched half way and then found something else to watch
Published 2 days ago by silversalem100
5.0 out of 5 stars movies
Very interesting. No boring parts. Storyline quite intriguing. Would watch again. Interesting and comedic parts kept my attention. Definitely a feel good movie.
Published 3 days ago by Elizabeth Bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars Dullest movie I have tried to watch in many years.
Dull, uninteresting, slow. A waste of time trying to watch this movie. DeNiro must have really needed the money to participate in this monstrosity.
Published 26 days ago by Robert Creadeur
3.0 out of 5 stars A relatively funny funny "Hollywood insider" movie
I enjoyed it. But I'll be honest, I had the feeling I was watching a great many movie industry insider jokes being played out on screen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This movie was particularly relevant for me, but anyone who doesn't have a connection to "the industry" might not find it as engaging. I don't know. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DeManda
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed
Seemed to take forever to go absolutely nowhere. The Bruce Willis scenes were definitely the best, just too bad there were so few.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Say
All good actors but it was just very boring. The story line was dragged from start to finish. I wonder how others liked it.
Published 2 months ago by Sue Hunter
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Two of us rare this movie poor. Too bad with so many talented actors. It could have certainly been better.
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie J. Lytle
3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting
Loved Robert De Niro. And as always Bruce Willis does a good job. But thought the story line was a little weak. The ending just didn't have enough bang for your buck. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joni L. Castro
2.0 out of 5 stars So-So
I'm a fan of DeNiro, Penn, Tucci, Willis and the other actors, but this movie didn't do them justice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by singnrn
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