Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.
Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor. Written by
Honestly, a waste of a good cast, and a waste of my time.
I saw this at a film festival recently, and it was the only "1" review I gave, out of the 41 movies I saw. Who doesn't already know that Hollywood is chock full of self obsessed tossers? It was not even entertaining in its awfulness.
Talking about the film after (which is what one does while standing in lines at festivals), no one could figure out how Julianne Moore and John Cusack and other fine actors could have let themselves in for this.
If you want to see a decent send-up of Hollywood, go back and watch The Player.
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