The Deal

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

William H. Macy stars in this irreverent comedy as a desperate movie producer who lands himself in hot water when the star of his big-budget biopic on British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is kidnapped from the set. Based on Peter Lefcourt’s novel of the same name, this outrageous look at the zany world of filmmaking also stars LL Cool J,Meg Ryan and  Jason Ritter.

I was really looking forward to watching this film. I liked everyone in it (William H Macy is such an underrated actor) and the plot sounded like it could be a new version of The Player, a great film in its own right for skewing Hollywood. An hour into the movie, I still had that some feeling.  Macy and Ryan had great comedic timing with each other, Elliot Gould (another of my all time favorite actors) was hysterical as the Jewish rabbi, and LL Cool J was completely over the top as the just turned Jewish action star.


Then, the movie started going downhill, and it never recovered. It was like watching a movie that they only had time to write the first half for.  The jokes went from witty and clever to cheap and painful.  The story, which had been strong to start, devolved into a bad SNL skit.  Nothing made sense, and by the time credits rolled, I felt cheated.  Because I wanted to see the movie that I saw in the first hour be carried out to its completion. Instead, what I ended up watching was a 4 star first hour and a 1 star second hour. 

2.5 out of 5 stars


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