The Phoenix Network:
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Moonsigns  |  Band Guide  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
Features  |  Reviews
Find a Movie
Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

What Just Happened

Half-baked insider parody
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2008
2.0 2.0 Stars


Based on the Art Linson autobiography, this half-baked insider parody tries hard to be madcap. Burnt-out producer Ben (Robert De Niro) has problems: the director of his new movie has concocted a final scene in which the hero — played by Sean Penn (played by Sean Penn) — gets killed and his dog has its brains blown out. After a disastrous test screening, Ben still can’t persuade the loony filmmaker to kill the killing of the dog. Another project stars Bruce Willis (played by Bruce Willis), who shows up on the set with a beard and a bad attitude. Then Ben finds a pink argyle sock under his ex-wife’s bed, the kind of hosiery that could be worn only by the screenwriter (who isn’t Stanley Tucci but is played by him), a man who earlier in the film pitched Ben a script in which Brad Pitt (played by no one; he never makes an appearance) plays a florist. “There isn’t a film there,” Ben tells the screenwriter. Sounds like What Just Happened. 107 minutes | Boston Common + Fenway + Fresh Pond + Chestnut Hill + Suburbs 
Related: 2009 Oscar predictions, Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt, Keough sweeps Oscars, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Celebrity News, Entertainment, Movies,  More more >
  • Share:
  • Share this entry with Facebook
  • Share this entry with Digg
  • Share this entry with Delicious
  • RSS feed
  • Email this article to a friend
  • Print this article
HTML Prohibited
Add Comment

Share this entry with Delicious
  •   REVIEW: EDGE OF DARKNESS  |  February 05, 2010
    A new genre is emerging in which aging A-list actors play fathers off on a rampage to rescue their daughters or avenge their deaths.
  •   REVIEW: FROZEN  |  February 03, 2010
    A storm is coming, the girl has to pee, and then things get much worse.
  •   KAREN SCHMEER: 1970-2010  |  February 02, 2010
    Karen Schmeer, the brilliant local film editor whose work on Errol Morris's documentary The Fog of War helped win it the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004, died January 29 in a tragic accident, struck by a getaway car as she was crossing a street in Manhattan. She would have turned 40 on February 20.
  •   IS THERE 'HOPE' IN HOLLYWOOD?  |  January 29, 2010
    Buoyed by President Barack Obama's campaign slogan, many had hopes for change after his election.
  •   REVIEW: WAITING FOR ARMAGEDDON  |  January 27, 2010
    Much scarier than 2012 is this documentary about the death grip that fundamentalist religious groups have on American politics.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed 

  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2010 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group