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The Deal (2008)

The Deal (2008)

The Deal





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His career in an uncontrollable downward spiral, a hapless Hollywood producer cons a major studio into financing a $100 million action film following the adventures of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, only to find his swindle taking a sudden turn for the worse when his star is kidnapped and the production is shut down. Now left with few other options for resuscitating his flat-lining career, the producer aligns himself with a well-connected Hollywood studio executive in a clandestine attempt to finance another, wholly different film by utilizing the blocked studio funds. William H. Macy and Meg Ryan star in The Wool Cap director Steven Schachter's comic look at the twisted side of Hollywood politics.more
Rating: R (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William H. Macy, Steven Schachter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2009
Peace Arch Films


Jason Ritter
as Lionel Travitz
LL Cool J
as Bobby Mason
Meg Ryan
as Deidre Hearn
William H. Macy
as Charlie Berns
Elliott Gould
as Rabbi Seth Gutterman
Jeremy Crutchley
as Ian Chadwick
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Critic Reviews for The Deal

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Unfortunately, the characters seem to be doing all the laughing, while the general public has nothing to cling to but the horndog flirtation between mismatched leads William H. Macy and Meg Ryan -- hardly ideal ingredients for mainstream success.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Top Critic

A wacky Hollywood satire that never catches fire.

January 25, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The Deal could have had a more solid impact with a leaner script shaving off some of those subplot detours. And can we drop those lewd seduction routines in these movies already that hello, would never get the babe in the real world.

Full Review… | January 15, 2009

Lets many humorous conceits fly.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
Film Threat

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Deal

Couldn't hold my attention well. It was okay and funny, but not something to watch again.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


The film is very entertaining. Both William H. Macy and Meg Ryan shine in the movie. They have a great on screen chemistry. The script and the dialog is very good. The film reminded me of movies like Bowfinger and State and Maine. My problem with the film was how much it was like State and Maine. Even Macy's character in this film is similar to his character in State and Maine. Still the film is very entertaining, and despite it's flaws, is still worth viewing.

Sol C

Super Reviewer

"Hey, we're in the entertainment business, right? So, I'm entertaining myself!"
Williams H Macy stars as a down-and-out film producer Charlie Berns whose career in an uncontrollable downward spiral. He cons a major studio into financing a $100 million deal on a script he hasn't even read. Along the way, Charlie meets his match in Deidre Hearn, a sharp-witted development executive who sees right through his games while simultaneously admiring his indifferent personality. Despite their loathing attitudes toward each other, Berns and Hearn lock in the movie deal by signing Bobby Mason (LL Cool J), a newly converted black Jewish action star but the swindle takes a sudden turn for the worse when his star is kidnapped and the production is shut down so the producer hatches a scheme with Hearn to save the star and the movie.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

The Deal Quotes

Charlie Berns: Could you excuse yourself? I want to have dinner here but I don't want to have dinner with you.
– Submitted by Chris D (4 years ago)

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