Robert De Niro plays a harried, hounded, hassled A-list movie producer with seemingly endless demands on his time by a pack of unreasonable people everyone from ex-wives to temperamental directors to nervous agents to a scalp-hunting studio chief in a funny, lightweight, inside-Hollywood yarn written by veteran producer Art Linson (Into the Wild) and directed by Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog). Among the hectic cast are Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn, John Turturro, and Stanley Tucci, all overheated. Its cruel and wonderful fun to watch De Niros Ben melt before our eyes. Even in the overcrowded cynical movie-movie category, this is a keeper (107 min.).
Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Art Linson
Producer: Robert De Niro, Art Linson and Jane Rosenthal
Cast: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, John Turturro and Robin Wright Penn