Firstly, Uma rules. Damn she's good. There are about 12 notes (an octave, good for her) that she just nails. Love her. And Bryan Greenberg, is pretty good (and pretty). Jon Abrahams is Jon AbraHams, consistent, cocky, he plays that guy well. I want to say 'stop with the fedora' bit, but, realizing I'm just being a jerk, he wears them well. Fedoras look cool when you run a major hip-hop label (good luck, but seriously- good luck). Ben Younger makes interesting choices- keeping his actors on the slow play, then rushing in. Low key, highly compressed sound design and funny pseudo-subtle color timing flares. Really nice breaths in the narrative taken with exterior shots and art house sound recording (interior/exterior sound gags). Directorial, but well played. It's heavy handed in the referential department, in a self-serving pat on the back "I know who so and so is" kind of way, which makes punk ass critics feel good about themselves. Smart but annoying. Oh man, I almost forgot, Meryl Streep is Gibraltar. She could play Screech and it would be brilliant, although her performance was (suprisingly) uneven. She wavered between heebtastic and waspalicious at times. Maybe that's intentional, she's that good, but i dunno. All in all, this is another Ben Younger film which will be seen many times over many years. His films are never disposable- they all have life... pop... resonance. He's not a brilliant director... yet, but it will be great to watch him develop. I hope he takes a path that leads him into work that is made to entertain, stories told to the viewer through the film, not the director. God forbid the Hollywood Machine lets him go self indulgent bananas and we end up with another Paul Thomas Anderson droid. I'm just sensitive to feeling the directors breath on my neck when I trying to watch a damn movie, that's all. If you like film, see it, and probably in the theater. It's nicely shot, and the title sequence deserves better than the living room screen (even if it is a 50" plasma). One more thing- the Uma boob tease is brutal, just brutal. I found myself longing something terrible to catch just a glimpse of areola.
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