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Movie Review – “What Just Happened”

March 25, 2009


Robert De Niro as Ben

Sean Penn as Himself

Bruce Willis as Himself


Rated: R

Genre: Comedy, Drama


A week in the life of Ben, a powerful Hollywood producer, as he juggles negotiations with a studio head so that his newest picture can open at Cannes in two weeks, with a high-strung director who must make edits to the film, with an actor and his agent because the star has arrived on the set of a new picture with a full beard, and with his most recent ex-wife, Kelly, whom he discovers may have a lover. He also notices that his 17-year old daughter, from another marriage, has probably been crying. What’s up? Can Ben keep it all together, get the green light from the studio to go to Cannes, move his new picture past the beard crisis, and maybe return to Kelly’s good graces?

This movie was a first for me! I am a HUGE De Niro fan and this is the first movie of his that I didn’t like. Not only did I not like it, but I thought it completely SUCKED ASS! The movie really had nothing of interest. It WAS NOT funny at all. Not only did I not laugh during this film, but I don’t even remember smiling. I thought this movie was boring, uneventful and really saw no point of even making it. I would not suggest this movie to anyone.

My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 25, 2009 12:02 PM

    Not that I would look for this movie to rent or anything but now it will be in my mind NOT to rent if that times comes!! We don’t rent movies. We borrow them from friends or buy them. I really like De Niro too, that sucks that the movie was bad. I hate that when a really good actor is in a movie and you pretty much watch it because you like the actors then the movie sucks. It’s just terrible!

    • March 25, 2009 6:22 PM

      This of course was just MY OPINION of the movie Nikki. YOU may like it, who knows??? I just wouldn’t suggest it to anyone I know. I am a HUGE De Niro fan and I never thought I would ever see a movie I didn’t like that he starred in. Well, the day has come!! De Niro being in the movie is the ONLY reason I kept watching it to be 100% honest. 😦

  2. March 25, 2009 4:46 PM

    Gary, you have got to have some insight into the movie business to really appreciate this one! I thought it was played out well!

    • March 25, 2009 6:24 PM

      Maybe so Luisa but how many of us have “insight into the movie business?” Do you work in the industry???

  3. March 25, 2009 8:33 PM

    That would be a yes,Gary 🙂

    • March 25, 2009 8:53 PM

      REALLY??? Are you a producer? Director? Makup artist? Screenwriter? What do you do Luisa???

  4. March 25, 2009 10:01 PM

    Please email me regarding this. Thanks!

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