The Deal (2008)

“I mean, I’d love to be like you. You have no integrity.” – Deidre Hearne

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A has-been producer tries to get a new movie made with the help of an executive.

My Take on it – This movie  gives so much insight into the craziness and imbalance of Hollywood.

William H. Macy wrote this film and having been entrenched in the system, lets him show a perspective that very few of us on the viewing end of things actually encounter.

The story moves in some very intriguing ways that helps keep things fun and entertaining throughout.

Meg Ryan is also great here as the studio executive who is concerned about the project, yet finally gets on board in order to help get something worthwhile made.

They definitely take things to the extreme here and parody the way films get made and how cast and crew act on set, but it’s still fun to watch regardless.

The pacing is great and makes things feel as if everything happens at a rapid pace which adds to the realism of it all.

In addition to Ryan and Macy, this film has Elliott Gould, LL Cool J and Jason Ritter who each add some color and spice to the way that the story unfolds.

The way that they depict the extravagant lifestyles and quirks of these characters is fun to watch because it all feels a bit too surreal the whole way through and based on what is known about behind the scenes activities, it doesn’t seem as far fetched as one might hope.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Meg Ryan’s character is looking up the information on what William H. Macy’s character had done recently, she uses IMDb. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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