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Break a Leg (2005)

A talented, but struggling actor is willing to go to any length to get a job - including "break a leg"... especially those of other actors.

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Monika Mitchell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cassini ... Max Matteo
Carol Mansell ... 'Phillip's Way' Casting Director
Frank Cassini ... Tony Felice
Barry Primus ... Ira Goldstein
Kevin Corrigan ... J.D.
Lara Lyon Lara Lyon ... 'Final Rights' Casting Assistant
Paul Taegel Paul Taegel ... John Fiorentino
Joey Diaz ... Large Producer (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Eileen T'Kaye Eileen T'Kaye ... 'Final Rights' Casting Director
Jennifer Beals ... Juliet
Steve Ruge Steve Ruge ... Dayton (as Steven Ruge)
Paula Marshall ... Alice on Cell Phone
Eric McCormack ... Tad
Kevin Breznahan ... Photoshop Employee
David Sutcliffe ... Happy Actor
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Storyline

When Max's performance is no competition for producers' nephews and bigger "names," his only option is to cripple the competition - literally. But as the roles get bigger, the competition gets stronger, the stakes get higher, and now with an undercover thespian cop on his trail, Max must struggle with his ongoing road to success and the choices he's made. Written by Sean Callahan

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Beat the competition... literally! See more »

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...és lábtörést! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Funny movie, perhaps worth your time
22 April 2004 | by erikylinSee all my reviews

I saw Break A Leg as the opening night film at the SF Indie fest on Feb 5th. Break A Leg follows the struggles of an actor (John Cassini) trying to make it in Hollywood. After continually losing out on roles to other actors, he resorts to violence to eliminate the competition.

This movie is very funny, and the audience was laughing throughout. The tone is a little uneven, particularly in the final third, but the well scripted dialogue and fine work by the actors pull it through in the end. John Cassini and Rene Rivera both do a great job in this movie. Hopefully both of them get a lot more work in the future. There are also a number of hilarious cameos by Hollywood regulars.

The film is shot pretty well, and most of the visuals look good. The sound left a little to be desired - some of the dialogue is a little muddy and hard to understand. (Note: this may be due to the theatre where I saw it. They had to restart the movie after we were about 5 minutes in due to 'audio difficulties.')

Overall, it's a decent but not great movie. I went with a group of six people to the movie and all agreed that there were some hilarious moments, but all-in-all it's a so-so movie. Is it worth a trip to the theatre? Maybe, if you like movies with an indie feel and enjoy send-ups of Hollywood. Is it worth watching if it ever came out on DVD? Definitely.

5/10

Fun facts:

-The director (Monika Mitchell) and the lead (John Cassini) are married.

-In a Q&A session afterwards, Monika Mitchell mentioned that there are a whopping 64 speaking parts in the movie.


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