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Meeting Spencer (2011)

R | | Comedy | 8 April 2011 (USA)
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After a series of Hollywood flops, famed director Harris Chappell (Jeffrey Tambor) returns to New York to relaunch his Broadway career. But Chappell's triumphant comeback begins to spiral ... See full summary »

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Malcolm Mowbray

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Andrew Kole (screenplay), Andrew Delaplaine (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Tambor ... Harris Chappell
Jesse Plemons ... Spencer West
Don Stark ... Wolfie
Yvonne Zima ... Sophia Martinelli
William Morgan Sheppard ... Larry Lind
Jill Marie Jones ... Nikki Ross
Caroline Aaron ... Nancy Diamond
Melinda McGraw ... Didi Ravenal
Mark Harelik ... David Thiel
Roberto 'Sanz' Sanchez ... Ricardo
Markus Flanagan ... Man In Bar
John Prudhont ... Mr. Copper
Brian McGovern ... Monte Sobel
Ralph P. Martin Ralph P. Martin ... Bart Liebowitz
Livia Milano ... Rose
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After a series of Hollywood flops, famed director Harris Chappell (Jeffrey Tambor) returns to New York to relaunch his Broadway career. But Chappell's triumphant comeback begins to spiral out of control into a wild night of comic misadventure after meeting struggling actor Spencer (Jesse Plemons) and his old flame Didi (Melinda McGraw). Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some language
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8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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If I Got You
Written and Performed by Stephen Coates
Vocals by Jesse Plemons
Recorded at Sonora Recorders
Engineered by Eric Liljestrand
Produced by Randall Wixen, Stephen Coates, Malcolm Mowbray and George G. Braunstein
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Like Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" but wittier dialog!
13 February 2012 | by salguero10See all my reviews

Never knew Jeffrey Tambor was THAT good an actor. But the supporting actors are just perfectly cast, so there's not a single wrong note anywhere in the film. Tambor really shines in this movie. It's like a British farce, but slowed down for American audiences, it seems to me. I can just imagine what this would have been like if Howard Hawks had directed it. ("His Girl Friday" anybody?). It's got that kind of witty dialog you might remember from Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway," but they didn't have Woody's budget (especially for music, though the music in this movie is perfectly good).

This is all done in a cozy Broadway restaurant in real time, so it has elements of a play to it. All Broadway types are represented in a clever way. The sassy Broadway agent (what was her name, Nina Diamond?), the ex-girlfriend actress, the coat check girl with high hopes, the Hollywood producer that Broadway types love to hate, the prima donna aging British actor, the dumb blonde girlfriend, the aspiring wannabes, the phony Broadway investors and then Spencer himself, the struggling actor who walks into the restaurant as a nobody and walks out as a star.

"Meeting Spencer" is a great send-up of Broadway types and has a timeless quality that will make it watchable for years to come. Anybody thought of a sequel? As soon as they get to the theatre (with that cow!), I was wondering what would happen AFTER all this.


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