Hail Caesar! Follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix.Written by
Baird says he knew Dave Chasen (of Chasen's Restaurant) when he was a busboy. Dave Chase was never a busboy. I knew the man personally. He started as a tap dancer in Vaudeville. He came to Hollywood to get into the movies but Hollywood wasn't casting men with Uncle Dave's plain looks as a dancer. So he work on his personal chili recipe in his kitchen and borrowed some money (partly from my grandfather Nate Blumberg) from friends and opened a chili stand on Beverly Blvd. The rest is history. See more »
Caught this at a screening the other night, and wasn't very impressed. The laughs are infrequent, and it's downright boring in stretches. It does have its moments, though: My favorite was Brolin trying to get reassurance from an array of religious leaders that his new biblical epic won't offend anyone. And Ehrenreich, who I'd never heard of, was great as the clueless but sincere rodeo expert who has somehow fallen into serious act-ting... much to Ralph Fiennes' chagrin. Who knew a line like "if only it were so simple?" could generate such hilarity? Such moments are few and far between, though.
Overall, this is a C+ flick - I think it's getting over-rated by critics just cuz of the Coens' name. It's one of their weaker efforts.
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