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Cannes Man (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 March 2002 (USA)
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The Cannes Film Festival. It's where deals get made, producers get laid, and stars get paid. It's where all the movie industry meets to buy and sell all the movies on the planet. And it's ... See full summary »

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The Cannes Film Festival. It's where deals get made, producers get laid, and stars get paid. It's where all the movie industry meets to buy and sell all the movies on the planet. And it's where the art of the deal can be filled with more laughs than the deal itself. Sy Lerner is the quintessential movie producer, when he makes a bet that he can take any kid off the street and turn him into a superstar overnight using the universal language of the festival: hype. He meets Frank Rhinoslavsky and turns him into 'Frank Rhino, one of the hottest screenwriters to hit Cannes since Faulkner and Hemingway.' It's not long before celebrities and producers are lining up to meet this hot young star. Dennis Hopper, Treat Williams, Johnny Depp, John Malkovich and more, all want to meet the 'next Quentin Tarantino.' Sy charms them with his own particular blend of hype and substance, and by the end of the festival, has lined up one of the great casts of all time. But Sy Lerner still has a few tricks ... Written by Clint Weiler

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Sy Lerner: Since 'HandGun' and this picture...
Treat Williams: Yeah...
Sy Lerner: I've seen you come alive as an actor again. You were dying on TV. I'm glad you got out of that, shit.
Treat Williams: Ha! Ha! Ha!
Sy Lerner: It's true, you?
Treat Williams: I know.
Sy Lerner: So you got some money. You can be comfortable now. But I've got the part for you. 'Cannes Man' written by Frank Rhino.
Treat Williams: Oh, Sy, Sy, Are you gonna pitch something to me now? I'm not gonna...
Sy Lerner: I'm gonna tell you. Malkovich, he wants to do it. Malkovich has signed to do it. Hopper's signed to do it. Not to act, though, ...
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Enjoyable but average
5 January 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Although the film has a great premise and a good point to make as I was watching it I couldn't help but think how much better it would have been had it been made by Woody Allen. The execution would have been so much better. I can only think they relied too much on improvising and whoever they could presumably talk into participating while they were at Cannes, rather than scripting it all and making it from scratch as Allen would have. Much of the acting isn't quite of a high enough standard either, but none the less its still and enjoyable film to watch.

Trading Places is another film that comes to mind when watching this - along with The Player - and ensemble pieces like Best In Show and This Is Spinal Tap. All of them cover either similar themes, or were made in a similar way, but yielded a better result. Perhaps the difference with Best in Show and Spinal Tap is that their makers had a firmer idea of what each scene was meant to cover before it was improvised, and from the outset they had a stronger script/structure - this film seemed to lack a little in that regard, as well as having some average acting. I thought Sy Lerner's character was a bit confusing too - at the start he seems to be a bit of a schmuck past his best days, yet he still seems to carry a lot of clout and when he starts wheeling and dealing.


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