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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” -- A European-style “SLICE OF LIFE” dramedy

Review of film:  WHAT JUST HAPPENED?”  --  A European-style “SLICE-OF-LIFE” dramedy =   
                             [ Rating:  7.25 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Oct 15, 2008 | Rel. Date: Oct 17, 2008

[Based on an advance preview:]  This Barry Levinson-directed film is being advertised as a “comedy”, which I feel is somewhat inaccurate: while it has SOME humorous situations and “aside” comments, I found it to be more of a European-style “SLICE-OF-LIFE” drama...

...  ROBERT De NIRO plays a film producer having a lot of trouble getting his films properly finished (due to an uncooperative English director and a tough studio boss played by CATHERINE KEENER) and getting new ones made (due to a frequently-obstinate BRUCE WILLIS and his agent JOHN TURTURRO)...

...  He tries to juggle work (often unsuccessfully) with his 3 kids and 2 ex-wives, friends, cohorts and others. It’s a difficult life he leads, full of twists, turns, disagreements, jealousy and problems...

...  While I found this movie quite interesting overall, it came across more as FASCINATING than truly clever or especially “enjoyable”.

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