What Just Happened (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  31 October 2008 (USA)
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Two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer who's having a rough time trying to get his new picture made.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly (as Robin Wright Penn)
Pollster (as Jason Kravitz)
Remy K. Selma ...
Jimmy (as Remy Selma)
Studio Marketing Guy


A week in the life of Ben, a powerful Hollywood producer, as he juggles negotiations with a studio head so that his newest picture can open at Cannes in two weeks, with a high-strung director who must make edits to the film, with an actor and his agent because the star has arrived on the set of a new picture with a full beard, and with his most recent ex-wife, Kelly, whom he discovers may have a lover. He also notices that his 17-year old daughter, from another marriage, has probably been crying. What's up? Can Ben keep it all together, get the green light from the studio to go to Cannes, move his new picture past the beard crisis, and maybe return to Kelly's good graces? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If it happened in any other movie you wouldn't believe it! See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violent images, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Just Happened?  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$192,508 (USA) (17 October 2008)


$1,089,365 (USA) (12 December 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's tagline "In Hollywood, everybody can hear you scream" is a play on Alien (1979)'s famous tagline "In space no one can hear you scream." See more »


[first lines]
Ben: Vanity Fair named me as one of the 30 most powerful producers in the business. Power is an elusive term, but in Hollywood it's everything, I don't care what they say, you either have it, want it, or you're afraid of losing it. Where you stand at these things, or who you may be standing next to, may not seem like the most important thing, but it *really* matters.
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References The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1974) See more »


Written by Camille (as Camille Dalmais), Magic Malik (as Malik Mezzadri) and Matthew Ker
Performed by Camille
Courtesy of EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

1 February 2009 | by (Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro) – See all my reviews

This film was very boring and a perfect example of the current state of things in Hollywood. They think that just by bringing big stars in the movie will have to be a hit.

The actors are not the problem. They did their part. The problem is in the script or rather lack of it. The script is better suited for a 45 minute episode than for a whole movie. That's probably why the movie needed to be padded with long scenes of traveling. Also, the pace is too slow.

My advice to everyone is to avoid this movie. Watching paint dry is equally amusing and you might even get it for free.

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