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Swimming with Sharks (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  21 April 1995 (USA)
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A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss.

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A young Hollywood executive becomes the assistant to a big time movie producer who is the worst boss imaginable: abusive, abrasive and cruel. But soon things turn around when the young executive kidnaps his boss and visits all the cruelties back on him. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Rated R for some scenes of psychological/physical torture and pervasive strong language | See all certifications »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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$376,928 (USA)
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In one scene, Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey) tells an employee that he will become a shoe salesmen. Kevin Spacey worked as shoe salesmen before becoming a successful actor See more »

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When Frank Whaley's character is speaking to Buddy Ackerman on the phone the night he has to collect all of the Time magazines he's talking to him about the "Real Life" movie. He's holding a BIC ballpoint pen in his hand. When he rights Foster Kane's name on the front of the script the sound effect is that of a Sharpie marker. In the close-up as he's writing it then shows a Sharpie, but when it goes back to a wide angle he's again holding a BIC pen while the Sharpie sound effect is being used. See more »

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Buddy: Look, I can appreciate this. I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of shit. Look, it's like they say, if you're not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if you haven't turned establishment by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, "What do you really want?"
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Dark humour or nihilism?
27 November 2000 | by (Reykjavik, Iceland) – See all my reviews

Powerful movie that shows the nastier, more foul-mouthed side of Hollywood. Guy, played by Whaley, is a Hollywood rookie with no real experience but some lofty goals. The movie charts his learning of the ways of Hollywood through becoming an assistant for fastidious big-shot producer Buddy Ackerman (Spacey), and his subsequent unlearning of the 'normal' moral values that apply almost anywhere else. A remarkable performance from Spacey who is by turns searingly offensive, scathingly funny and (funnily enough) vividly human. Making an audience feel for such a revolting character is a feat not many could accomplish, but Spacey's up to the task. Frank Whaley (possibly known to you through a bit part in 'Pulp Fiction') also turns in a very strong performance as the disillusioned young assistant who falls in love (or rather, in bed) with a female producer played by the sultry Michelle Forbes. Spacey and Whaley's interplay in key scenes is riveting, and for the most part, the younger Whaley manages to stay out of Spacey's shadow.

The movie's ending is quite unforeseeable, and its message can be construed either as darkly humorous satire against Hollywood, or as a nihilistic comment on the ways of mankind. Judging by the not-so-humorous tone of the movie (though ludicrously enough it was marketed as a comedy), to me it feels like the latter applies. Definitely worth seeing, even if only for Spacey. 8/10


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