The Deal

2008

Comedy / Romance

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IMDb Rating 5.6

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Reviewed by wmjaho 7

The Deal is a wacky and frenetic Hollywood insider movie about a movie, in the spirit of Altman&#39;s The Player or Mamet&#39;s State and Main. Written by and starring the extremely talented William H. Macy and directed by his long-time friend and veteran TV movie director Steven Schachter, The Deal is part vanity piece, part industry insider self-indulgence and wholly funny.<br/><br/>Macy plays Charlie Berns, a one-hit wonder Hollywood producer with no money and no prospects and on the verge of suicide. Interrupting his plans is his nephew Lionel (Jason Ritter), who knocks on his door at the propitious moment, carrying his script about Benjamin Disraeli and looking for Uncle Charlie&#39;s help in Hollywood. Ignoring the script, Charlie returns to his morbid task, only to spot an article about a blockbuster action-hero movie star (L.L. Cool J) who has recently converted to Judaism and is looking for a Jewish film for his next project. Seeing a glimmer of hope, Charlie hatches an outrageous seat-of-your-pants scheme to coerce a studio into approving this preposterous pairing. Assigned to the project is Diedre Hearn, a second-tier studio exec (played by Meg Ryan, still trying to transition from her girl-next-door pedigree). Charlie is smitten, and resurrected, &quot;Ben Disraeli ? Freedom Fighter&quot; gets green-lighted and the fun begins. There&#39;s even a role for Elliott Gould, playing a rabbi who serves as a technical adviser and &quot;Assistant Producer&quot; to the film! I guess Macy decided that at 57 if he was ever going to play a leading man, he was going to have to personally drive the project. And he has written himself a plum role?a multi-dimensional character with a lot of funny lines and Meg Ryan as a love interest! Charlie Berns has suffered all the indignities that Hollywood can dish out. But he&#39;s learned enough tricks, and developed enough chutzpah that with a little luck he can really work the system. Macy plays the role with unflappable charm and impeccable comic timing.<br/><br/>The script bounces around a bit, and probably bounces a couple of times too many. The &quot;resolution&quot; feels a little like an add-on, and perhaps could have been left out. So while I doubt this movie will do great things at the box office, it certainly entertained the Sundance crowd.<br/><br/>Sundance Moment: Macy told the long story of how difficult it was to get the project funded, which is a recurring Sundance (and Hollywood) theme. They passed out red yarmulkas to the crowd, and many wore them while watching the movie.

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Reviewed by amish 9

Just saw the film tonight at the 25th annual Jerusalem Film Festival, screened in the &quot;Jewish Experience&quot; category. This is of course not surprising since the film is hugely fun, mixing Judaism/Israeli aspects into a wonderful satire of Hollywood filmdom. Don&#39;t take this film too seriously, although the acting is wonderful, with everyone clearly knowing it&#39;s all in fun. Despite that, I really got into the &#39;vibe&#39; of the story, waiting to see whether they&#39;d manage to finish making the film - whichever one it&#39;ll be. The whole Jewish angle of the film is of course especially fun for us here in Israel, and even more so because Israeli actor Sharon Reginiano plays Levy the director and inserts all sorts of comments in Hebrew which may be lost to non-Hebrew speakers, even if they are translated. The film reminded me very much of &quot;The Hebrew Hammer&quot; (2003) with Adam Goldberg which I saw at the JFF of that year. Both films use the Jewish/Israeli/Hebrew slants to the max and are extremely tongue-in-cheek, satirizing their respective genres. Don&#39;t over-analyze or dissect this film - just see it for what it is, a fun satire of Hollywood movie-making and all it involves. Don&#39;t know if this&#39;ll catch on in the overall US/worldwide markets, but we here sure enjoyed it. And if it does go straight to DVD, no matter - just enjoy it that way!

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Reviewed by steve0557 8

Not funny huh... &quot;Benjamin Disraeli? What happened to Tony Blair?&quot; - &quot;...she throws like a girl!!&quot; - &quot;Hey guys thanks much, you&#39;re fired, great input though&quot; - &quot;....colonel America&quot; - &quot;...if you circumcised this movie it still couldn&#39;t be Jewish.&quot; - &quot;...that&#39;s Bobbie&#39;s trailer, that&#39;s his gym and that&#39;s his mobile temple.&quot; LL Cool J in a Yarmukuh over a Du Rag: Moderately hysterical. William H. Macy&#39;s bare butt: Hysterical. Meg Ryan&#39;s choices in footwear: Priceless. Especially when compared to some other so called romantic comedies I&#39;ve seen recently I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by this movie. Besides, Elliott Gould can make me laugh by just reading the phone book.

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