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Once again, Dicillo points his lens at the Hollywood machine and the pursuit of fame. The story focuses on a low-level paparazzo (Buscemi) as he befriends and exploits an enthusiastic young homeless man with dreams of being an actor (Pitt). Buscemi is emotionally closed off, but the allure of having a protege that idealizes and needs him starts to soften his tough exterior. The two start working the fame circuit looking for the perfect picture to launch a legitimate business. On a fateful evening at work, Pitt stumbles into the path of a pop starlet played by Alison Lohman.Read more ›
On the front of the DVD I bought, it said, "Hilarious! A laugh-out-loud assault..."
I did not laugh once; seems like I came close to laughing one time.
None of the characters appears to be fleshed out with any sort of depth; and the little depth there was, was lame. Buscemi's character had two unsupportive parents, and because of that, he is a jerk; and he treats his assistant, Michael Pitt like a jerk. If that strikes you as deep and interesting, you might like this film. If you think that is trite, you probably will pass on this.
There are so many good films out there to watch. This is not one of them.
I have always been a huge fan of Steve Buscemi and try to buy any and every thing he is involved in, this film included and I am glad I own it. This is a strangle little tale that was and indie hit especially at Sundance. I have no idea why it took me so long to review this but I guess later is better than never. This really is a good yet quirky movie, really it is.
The film follows Les Galantine [Buscemi] a paparazzi even though he thinks he is better than that, and a young homeless actor wannabe named Toby Grace [Michael Pitt]. These two come together by chance when Les is waiting to get some shots of a singer/actress played by Alison Lohman. While waiting for her Toby literally runs into him and offers his services as an assistant, his first job is to go get him some coffee. On his way back he gets his first glance of the singer and falls in love. From a weird some what non trusting friendship builds between the two as Les lets Toby live with him if he works for free. As the story moves on we see one succeed in life while the other comes to terms with whom and what he truly is.
This is a crazy story full of betrayal and backstabbing and not just between the two lead characters. Writer/director Tom DiCillo did a wonderful job with this film particularly with the script. The story and characters are excellent and some of the most interesting I have seen in a while. And his direction is top notch showing us this film through his eyes, very interesting tale of life on the outside edge of the fast lane.
Steve Buscemi is brilliant as usual in this film and is nothing short of becoming this character named Les. He is a guy who try's to live like he is better than what he is, a paparazzi.Read more ›
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What a disappointment. We really like Steve Buscemi but this wasn't funny at all. Shouldn't have been called a comedy. More like a commentary on the fame industry. Read morePublished 22 months ago by diannerae
Of course this movie isn't going to win any academy awards, but still it's great. It's original and funny. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by Alphonse Mucha
I absolutely loved this one. It's definitely not a comedy at all in my opinion, more of a straight drama with the occasional dark comedic elements thrown in. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Shawn Palmquist
Just saw this feature on MGM-HD channel. Never heard of it before. It is a laugh riot. But, someone says it is similar to MIDNIGHT COWBOY. That's strange to me. Read morePublished on March 14, 2010 by William Dakota
This movie was everything I thought it would be. Great story, great acting a must see film!!!!Published on February 7, 2010 by Ted Harvey
This DVD was not that bad. The story line was very interesting but it kinda dragged on a little. The movie in general was pretty good though.Published on February 13, 2009 by BronsonC
Funny!! Great! Wonderful!!
I dont go for romatic comedies but this was cute... so is michael pitt.