What Just Happened film review

My film review of What Just Happened – starring Robert De Niro as a Jewish film producer with two ex-wives and three children – has been published in the Australian Jewish News.  I am a sucker for films about Hollywood, which is a very easily satirised place.   The beauty of What Just Happened is that its comedy comes from situations that are probably not exaggerated, mostly just condensed.   This is probably the best -– at least the most intelligent -– comedy about Hollywood since Robert Altman’s The Player (Tropic Thunder was often very funny, just not that intelligent).  Unlike Altman’s film there is no “dark heart” inside -– just a reasonably sincere, occasionally befuddled but earnest film producer, winningly and disarmingly played by De Niro.  This is not Sullivan’s Travels territory, but is highly recommended for filmgoers who enjoy the film industry and want a bit of depth to their comedies.  To read my complete review, click here.


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