The Deal (+ Digital Copy)
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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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part way into this I remembered having seen years ago... not memorable apparently (!) but interesting concept / story line. Love Macy and Ryan.Published 10 months ago by Avery E Morgan
Feeling jaded, disappointed in your life? This suspiciously realistic wild satire of movie making and the powerful but helpless cogs in the machinery cheers you up as you put your... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Film Fan
A great sleeper of a movie. It's funny from start to finishPublished 11 months ago by Harmon A. Prives
I only purchased for the digital copy, which it didn't even have. Not as described!Published 15 months ago by S Schuster
It was an interesting idea. If the chemistry had been better between the two leads, the movie might have been funnier.Published 16 months ago by stephen
Boring, boring, boring. Great cast, but the plot fizzled quickly. I was very disappointed.Published 19 months ago by Sunflower