What Just Happened

 

The latest from Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Avalon, Wag the Dog) is one of those Hollywood insider comedies that points out the foibles of those in the movie business. Levinson is a seasoned vet, the cast -- Robert De Niro, Catherine Keener, Sean Penn, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, Stanley Tucci and Bruce Willis -- is amazing and everybody does solid work (how nice to see De Niro acting again, instead of doing a De Niro impression), but the film drags because it lacks an edge and because too many of the gags are poorly presented. Hollywood making fun of Hollywood is just a sneaky way to justify gazing at their own image in the mirror and most of What Just Happened plays like little more than a dreary narcissistic workplace dramedy. 113 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a commentary track, deleted scenes and featurettes.

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