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Pun intended. This is a comedy about trying to make a movie in Hollywood. There's a screenwriter (Wuhl), desparate to see his long-forgotten masterpiece brought to the screen, a producer (Landau) who hasn't had a hit in 15 years and three wanna-be producers (De Niro, Aiello and Wallach), of varying competence. All of the producers have girlfriends who want to be in the movie. Everyone has complicated lives.
The theme is compromise, and who can and who can't. Some parts of the film are mesmerizing, earning it a seven from me, and others sag. A splendid birthday party serves as the climax of the film but I had no idea of why the birthday boy was being feted.
See it if you like the lead male actors - they're terrific (even if it does remind you that women of the the same age can't find roles as juicy). Otherwise, it's another "ain't Holywood awful" movies.
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