A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
Having left New Hampshire over excessive demands by the locals, the cast and crew of "The Old Mill" moves their movie shoot to a small town in Vermont. However, they soon discover that The Old Mill burned down in 1960, the star can't keep his pants zipped, the starlet won't take her top off, and the locals aren't quite as easily conned as they appear.Written by
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The reason for the Crazy Credit "A complete list of associate producers is available on request" is that, throughout the film, anyone who could help make the film-within-the-film was given an associate producer credit. See more »
In the magazine article about Bob Barrenger that Carla is seen reading in the coffee shop, the first paragraph talks about how young Bob was an ugly kid in school who none of the girls liked. The paragraph ends with the ominous sentence "Perhaps that explains his current predicament." The very next paragraph, and indeed the rest of the article, pertains to President Clinton's decision to cut military ties to Indonesia and the ramifications thereof which appears to be from a news story relevant to the era of production. See more »
I'm going to rip your heart out, then I'm going to piss on your lungs through the hole in your chest! And the best to Marian...
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Actually, American Humane Association was on set to monitor the animal action... no animal was harmed in the making of this film. See more »
If you know Mamet's film history, you'll realize often, he writes about lowlifes and depressing (though good) subject matter such as the Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Winslow Boy. But now, Mamet turns to light comedy and succeeds, even if as times it's a little too light.
The film is mainly supported (besides a clever script) by it's cast including William H. Macy delivering some good laughs as a director who comes off like he did in Fargo, only more like you would see a director. Phillip Seymour Hoffman makes good as a writer, Alec Baldwin brings some sly humor as a big movie star who can't get away from 14 year old girls (though Julia Stiles doesn't look 14), Sarah Jessica Parker is actually sexy here, and David Paymer is stunningly funny as a go for broke producer. At points, one could compare this movie to the brilliant Bowfinger from last year and they might be right, but Mamet also adds in stuff about small towns as well. Enjoyable to say the least. B+
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