Documentary look at Morty Fineman, a prolific maker of schlock independent films, who's down on his luck. Actors, directors, and writers, including Ron Howard and Karen Black, comment on his work, we see clips from some of his 427 titles, and we watch Morty try to get financing for a film about a serial killer. He hires his daughter, Paloma, as his business manager. His A.D., the long-suffering Ivan, stays by his side. Morty owes the bank $10 million from his one blockbuster failure. Can he find the financing, or is it time for Morty to retire. Meanwhile, Ivan hooks Morty up with a new film festival, in Chaparral, Nevada. Is this the ticket to renewal? Written by
I think Morty is a visionary.
I think Morty was and is an artist.
He's an innovator.
Very persistent. And you have to love him for that.
Morty would try things, and then 2 years later someone would copy it and win an Oscar for it.
This is the only man that I've ever worked with that I feel I can't take.
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The titles of all 427 of Morty Fineman's films are shown along with the end credits. See more »
If you liked "This is Spinal Tap," you'll like this movie. It's shot and edited in a part documentary style, part narrative style, but the combination of styles is rarely noticeable; it's just enough to draw you into the world of Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller). Clips from Morty's films are some of the funniest parts of the movie, and they're included liberally throughout. Cameos from Roger Corman, Ron Howard, and others (playing themselves) discussing Morty Fineman's career and influence were also good. Teaming Jerry Stiller with Janeane Garofalo worked really well, in my opinion. Their different styles of comedy fit their characters very well. To be honest, I liked "Spinal Tap" more, but this is a very close second.
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