A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, instead of remaining unobtrusive and letting the family be themselves, he can't keep himself from trying to control every facet of their lives "for the good of the show". Written by
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In the first production meeting scene, producer Martin Brand rattles off some possible big-name stars that could be recruited to star in the reality movie: "Where the hell's Paul Newman
? Where's [Robert Redford
]? Where's [Jack Nicholson
]? . . . " He then suggests that the movie would make more money with Neil Diamond
as the "star". A producer actually suggested Diamond for the Travis Bickle role in Taxi Driver
(in which Albert Brooks
had a supporting role). See more
Albert, may I interrupt for one minute please? People aren't gonna walk out of a theater saying, "I don't like that guy... that guy that holds the cup with one hand, with two hands ... "
I'll tell you what they DO have a good chance of saying: "Where the hell is Paul Newman? Where's Redford? Where's Nicholson?" Believe me they prefer Nicholson with the cup than the cup with the other guy.
"Something's Gotta Give"
Written by Johnny Mercer See more