Hollywood once again turned the camera on itself in this story of two film-industry has-beens--a writer/director (Robert Wuhl) and a producer (Martin Landau). The duo are ready for another trip through the big-top after they find backing from three separate financiers: a film mogul (Robert DeNiro), a shady businessman (Danny Aiello) and an investor (Eli Wallach). The problem is, each of the three insists that his mistress play the female lead.
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Critic Reviews for Mistress
Can't seem to decide if it's supposed to be a comedy about Hollywood small-timers trying to get an indie pic off the ground, or a somber drama in which greed and lust overwhelm art.
The gags are too obvious; the conflict between art and money is hackneyed; and the plot goes badly off the rails in the later reels.
"Mistress" abounds with sharp comic performances that never stray into caricature or sentimentality.
Seeing Mistress is like getting a bad table at the in Hollywood restaurant. You're eavesdropping on all the dull conversations.
The movie has been described as a low-rent version of Robert Altman's "The Player," but it would be more accurate to say it's about low-rent players.
Although it's never worse than watchable, the story barely expands beyond its own boundaries. It starts off appealingly small -- the way the old Albert Brooks movies used to. But it stays small.
A pitch black dark comedy.
Deft Hollywood satire with a top-drawer cast.
The energetic cast and the wealth of comic possibilities that are achieved make for an enjoyable romp.
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