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A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. ... See full summary »

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A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. Production is halted however, when the lead actor is kidnapped, so the producer hatches a scheme with a struggling creative executive to save the star and the movie. Written by IMDb editor

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In addition to playing the role of Charlie Berns in the film, William H. Macy also reads the audio book upon which the film is based. See more »

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When Deidre and Charlie start arguing in the Czech studio, Lionel and the girl get up and leave - twice. See more »

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Great Film
30 September 2010 | by (Devon, England) – See all my reviews

The Hollywood satire as a genre has never really satisfied me before and I nearly didn't watch this based on the synopsis I read. I'm really glad I did, William H Macy plays a cynical loser better than anyone else, the machiavellian side to this character is an interesting addition which he brings off well. Meg Ryan plays opposite him really well too. Cameo roles for actors as varied as Elliott Gould and LL Cool J add to the film. The plot has got twists enough to keep you hooked and amusing bits to keep you chuckling.

Watching some of the dross that comes out of Hollywood you can well believe that some of them get made the way this film depicts the process.

Along with The Cooler and Fargo this is one of Macy's best films, it is a quirky comedy that (in my opinion) deserves to be rated much higher.


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