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What Just Happened? [Blu-ray] [Import]

Robert De Niro , John Turturro , Barry Levinson    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray

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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 Oct. 11 2008
By Justin Heath - Published on Amazon.com
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. Both of these, much like seeing certain characters in a Christopher Guest movie, elicit laughs anytime they're on screen.

And the rest of the movie is... still very good. Aside from some scenes where Levinson decides to rush things along via the speedy transitions, he provides a style that suits the feel of the material, of Ben trying to balance his personal struggles (an ex-wife he can't totally let go of, and his rebellious teen daughter with a secret) with the eternal BS of getting work done in an industry concerned, a lot more often than not, with the final dollar over artistic integrity. It's not quite reality TV, but it has that unpredictable, on-the-fly hand-held feeling all the same, which is a method much more effective used here than in Man of the Year. And De Niro is also surprisingly good (maybe not a surprise to some, but considering some of his hit-or-miss turns in recent fare), as he doesn't lay too low-key in the part. One can probably see De Niro having studied producers - not just Linson himself but others- for long stretches to get the right steps for each deliberate step in ego-maniacal Hollywood.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy some near classic self-conscious satire on an industry that deserves anything those in it can dish back out.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of daily life in Hollywood Sept. 5 2012
By James Beswick - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny satire of Hollywood Oct. 12 2011
By Brad Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Hollywood, this movie is a must for business people!! March 28 2010
By D. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars However for me it got tedious and the Devil is in the details on this ... May 4 2014
By crosscountryman - Published on Amazon.com
Here's another movie with a movie within the movie, and it is definitely an insider movie for film buffs, art school film students, theatre actors, producers, directors , stage managers, prop and stage crew folks and anyone else whose family works in the Industry. However for me it got tedious and the Devil is in the details on this one. I watched it longer than intended, knowing the caliber of the actors in it, thinking maybe it'll get better, but alas it just dragged on with histrionics and cameos by some of Hollywood's biggest names. But nothing could pull this one out, that's just my opinion and I could be wrong ~ so go ahead and watch it and see what your reaction is??? I'm just a dumb schmuck anyway!

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