What Just Happened
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A movie producer desperately tries to save his two films from falling apart while managing the chaos of two marriages that already have. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling memoir by veteran Hollywood producer Art Linson and directed by Academy Award-winning Barry Levinson.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 139
- Fresh: 71
- Rotten: 68
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: In some ways, What Just Happened feels like an attempt to, if not make amends for moviemaking myopia, at least show how easily the contagion takes hold.
Fresh: Compared to the likes of Adaptation and The Player, What Just Happened? is flyweight. De Niro is amiable enough in the lead role, but he's left to trot around a story that not so much bites the hand that feeds it as licks the palm.
Fresh: It's a shame that the film doesn't ever really take off into the stratosphere, because so many of the ingredients are funny and revealing. But this is just another case where it was a better read than a film.
Rotten: Well, what happened is that one of the smartest Hollywood memoirs of recent times just got made into a rather disappointing film.
Wouldn't watch it again
It was boring and frankly, I never would have watched it if I knew the main conflicts were Bruce Willis shaving his beard and a dog getting shot Kristen Stewart looked lovely though.
"What Just Happened" is NOT high art. In fact, beyond Robert De Niro's strong performance as a harried producer, there's not much here which is great. It won't blow you away, you won't remember it forever. However, it is very entertaining -- a fast pace, lots of sly humor (mostly jabs at the film industry, from egotistical "auteurs" to demanding A-list stars) -- and parts of it will enthrall people interested in Hollywood. Of course, those people would be better served by Robert Altman's "The Player" -- a better film covering similar ground. Still, for what this is, a light showbiz send-up, it's worth watching.
I thought it was a great movie, completely original, it's very unique and the cast is full of A list actors who do an amazing job throughout the movie... it's a movie that gives great insight to the hollywood business and i truly enjoyed the movie from start to finish!