"What just happened?" A review where we ask the same thing.

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, What Just Happened? 2008Art LinsonBarry LevinsonRobert Deniro,Kristen Stewart,Bruce Willis,John Turturro,Katherine Keener,Sean PennArt Linson Bitter,Bitterometer,meter What Just Happened?(2008)
 

“What Just Happened?” it’s not only the title of the film, but what you’ll be asking yourself when this movie is over. How can a movie with so many talented actors be such a steaming pile?

Ben (Robert Deniro) is a producer dealing with the threat of a decline in his Hollywood clout. He has a movie that tested poorly, a director that doesn’t want to make the changes the moneymen want and a marriage that’s two shakes of a lambs tail from over.

The film wants to show the life of a producer in Hollywood. What we get is a bunch of whiny man-children that don’t deserve the huge paychecks they get. I get that artists can be temperamental, but these adolescent temper tantrums do not provide humor or drama. All they do is beg for someone, Ben not being that character, to slap their collective heads and force some reason into these utterly full of shit people.

The story is a string of networking meetings and problem solving only a producer pretends they are capable of. There is nothing but a long string annoying scenes featuring just how you can waste money on talent and even they can’t fix the poor direction and screenwriting. The talent involved includes, but isn’t limited to Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Bruce Willis, John Tuturro, Robin Wright, Stanley Tucci and, if you want to include her, Kristen Stewart.

If you are a filmmaker yourself watch this film, so you can see just how easy it is to waste talent. Barry Levinson seems to waste talent effortlessly in this film.

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