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What Just Happened re-teams De Niro with director Barry Levinson eleven years after Wag the Dog (1997), their surreal black comedy about Hollywood and Washington, different kinds of dream factory, collaborating on a politically expedient fiction and an unnecessary war. Nothing comparable is at stake here--though at one point studio boss Catherine Keener does evoke memories of President Lyndon Johnson issuing directives while perched on the commode. There are funny bits and deft touches from such redoubtable troupers as John Turturro--playing an agent terrified of talking to his clients--and Stanley Tucci, as a screenwriter who may be moving in on that wife Ben hopes to win back. However, Levinson's direction is so lackadaisical, there's barely a moment that doesn't nudge the whole enterprise toward the direct-to-video bin. --Richard T. Jameson
I wish I had trusted the other reviews. I want those two hours of my life back. This movie was a complete waste of time. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Miim
Mr. De Niro never fails to make a great movie. While the dog may die this film is definitely in the hunt.
Heavy cast only adds to making it memorable.
Personally, I really enjoyed this movie. It's a fairly accurate look at how Hollywood operates and it's just craziness, lolPublished 14 days ago by Shelly B.
Terrible, slow painful movie. Love De Niro but could not make it though this movie.Published 18 days ago by Chris Proctor
This was recommended as a 'reality' view of what it's really like in the film industry... and it is! Read morePublished 1 month ago by lsmm7