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Authors Anonymous (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 18 March 2014 (USA)
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When a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers accept Hannah into their fold, the last thing they expect is her overnight success. Can these lovable misfits achieve their artistic dreams and avoid killing one another in the process?

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Hannah Rinaldi
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Sigrid Hagenguth
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David Kelleher
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William Bruce
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Colette Mooney
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Henry Obert
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John K. Butzin
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After a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers with the motto "all for one" accept Hannah Rinaldi (Kaley Cuoco) into their fold, the last thing they expect is her overnight success - but that's exactly what they get. While her career takes off, her eccentric and envious colleagues (Chris Klein, Teri Polo, Dylan Walsh, Dennis Farina and Jonathan Bennett) struggle to find their own paths to publishing fame and fortune. Tensions rise, rivalries form, and hearts are broken. Rejection turns to desperation. Good thing they're only armed with pens... Written by Forever Sunny Productions

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Happy endings are hard to write.

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Final film role of Dennis Farina, who died in July 2013. See more »

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John K. Butzin: Everything that John K. Butzin has learned about writing comes down to two simple words: Tom Clancy.
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Pleasant enough comic mockumentary, mainly due to Cuoco and Farina
8 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

As in the TV series "The Office", which I never watched, a group of writers who meet periodically and call themselves "Authors Anonymous" is the subject of a documentary. In some scenes one or more members are being interviewed by someone we can't see or hear. In others it appears cameras are not following the group members, but occasionally someone talks to the camera or a character who is not part of the group asks about the cameras, so we can assume they are there.

In the first scene, Alan and Colette are together at home. The first thing Colette does is talk baby talk to a dog. To me dogs aren't cute, so Colette is not scoring any points with me already. Adam is an eye doctor who carries a recording device constantly so he can record story ideas. Colette is a former masseuse who still likes yoga and meditation and is spoiled. Dr. Xiroman, who has taken a vow of silence, is her spiritual adviser.

I think we see the entire group in the next scene, but I will go ahead and introduce the characters anyway.

John K. Butzin (who, like Ed LaSalle, the most memorable character in a Mary Tyler Moore sitcom I can't remember the name of, uses his full name when talking about himself) is an older man who served in Vietnam and has written the book "Roaring Lion" about his experience. He is quite annoying but still a pleasure to watch somehow. Sigrid is his pretty German girlfriend.

Hannah comes across as a dumb blonde in the interviews but seems more intelligent, if not educated, when talking with the other characters. Her book is called "Sleeping on the Moon". She lives with her divorced mother Maureen, who is nice.

Henry delivers pizzas, cleans carpets, and struggles to produce anything as a writer. He wants to date Hannah, but is discouraged when she gets an agent Bernie, and later when she meets famous author Richard Brodwell. It is uncertain Henry and Hannah will ever be anything but friends.

William is good-looking but very annoying, and I don't mean that in a good way. He doesn't produce much work either, but he gets on the nerves of people in restaurants as he writes down what they say for inspiration.

The members of the group seem to get along pretty well at first, but over time they get on each others' nerves. Hannah is the first published author. Okay, that's not true. John K. Butzin pays $250 to have his book published, though there are mistakes. As each member of the group does something to upset one or more of the others, one wonders if the group will even be able to stay together. Hannah doesn't want to brag, but of course some in the group think her success means she is the star of the group so she is better than they are.

Hannah and Henry try hard. Henry even introduces her to "The Great Gatsby", which she has never read. She has never read anything. Even a pretty waitress where they are eating has read the book and is impressed. I was going to say the actress has one line but makes the most of it, but she actually has many more lines later and shows that she was capable of more.

David Kelleher is a memorable patient of Alan who might be able to help one or more members of the group make it as a writer.

Kaley Cuoco was my main reason for being interested in this movie, even when it looked like a failure. She gives a great performance and is of course quite good-looking, especially in a tank top or shorts or both, or nothing but a man's dress shirt. She wears a spaghetti-strap top in one scene. But she has such a great personality. I won't say her looks don't matter because they are important to the plot, but they're not that necessary. And she's great with Henry, but not all that romantic. She wears glasses to read, but while I wasn't crazy about her first pair, her second pair look worse. No, in the photo representing the movie on IMDb, she's wearing a pair she tried but didn't like.

Dennis Farina once again reminds us how much we have lost. He's not a particularly likable character, but one we can love to hate. His misfortunes are hilarious, helped along by Tricia Helfer.

Teri Polo and I have a history. Her character in "Northern Exposure" was so unpleasant I all but quit watching the show. That's how bad it had gotten. And she's just as terrible here, at least to me. In the first scene she has pretty hair but not a pretty face. Later, with more makeup, she's somewhat good-looking. But her personality is really hard to take. She does have some good scenes that even I couldn't criticize. I believe people will like her. Just not me.

Chris Klein is someone you want to root for, but watching his difficulties is actually kind of fun. He's pleasant enough.

Overall, it was pretty good.


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