Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studio exec Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his sense before everything is lost?Written by
In the scene where Nick first meets Alan, the secretary announces that the next appointment, Mr. Fleckman, is waiting. The next scene, we meet Alan's wife, played by Fran Drescher, who played Bobbi Fleckman in This is Spinal Tap (1984). See more »
At the beginning of the movie in the student film about the courtroom drama, the Judge in the close up shots is Roddy McDowall but in the long shots it's a different actor that looks nothing like McDowall. See more »
This is a good film that is totally stolen by Martin Short. The scenes including his agent character are some of the funniest I've ever seen in a movie. He's absolutely brilliant.
If you can see past the blinding light of Short's performance, there's a likable movie here. Kevin Bacon and his character's storyline are compelling and involving. There are loads of funny cameo-type roles. There's one scene in particular that stands out. It's not funny, it's heartbreaking. I'm talking about the scene where Kevin Bacon picks up Michael McKean in his Porsche, gets a cell phone call, and asks McKean to step out of the car to take the call. Man, that's harsh. It's testament to Bacon's acting charm that his character can be redeemed at all after a stunt like that.
The one thing that seemed consistently not to work here is the fantasy sequences. The movie would play better without them.
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