The Independent (2001)
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Imaginary Z-grade 1960s exploitation film producer Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), who was responsible for such faux-works as Buddy Cops V: Hayseed and Toughnut, sci-fi blaxploitation flick The Foxy Chocolate Robot, and, of course, Heil Titler , is the focus for this mockumentary co-written and directed by Stephen Kessler). While Fineman struggles to make his latest effort, Ms. Kevorkian, about a gun-toting babe who's passionate about assisted-suicide, the bank wants to foreclose on his hallowed
Nov 30, 2001 Wide
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When it's trying to be a more conventional comedy, it's mostly pretty bad.
A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap.
While [Stiller] and everyone else look like they're having a great time working on a shoestring, their movie too often retells the same joke.
Garofalo, wary but indulgent as the director's estranged daughter, has great comic rapport with Stiller.
Stiller should get an Oscar for his performance as Fineman and that's no joke. This is a role of a lifetime and Stiller relishes the opportunity.
Really, truly, one of the funniest movies of the last decade.
Now this is what I'm talking about right here. We need more films like THIS!
A lot of fun, thanks in no small part to the wonderfully over the top performance of Jerry Stiller
Hollywood loves to satirize itself, wanting to reassure us it doesn't take itself too seriously. The Independent is worlds away from The Player (1992), but it's still one joke hammered over and over, hitting more often than missing.
It's cute and amiable, maybe easier to cherish if you don't recall Russ Meyer or Matinee or Ed Wood.
Ranks right up there with Silver, John Waters' Cecil B. Demented and Christopher Guest's The Big Picture as terrific spoofs of the business of moviemaking.
So good-natured, its humor so loopy, and Fineman so charismatic in his crass way, that few film buffs will be able to resist its absurd charms.
If you're a tongue-in-cheek fan of bimbo-driven B-movies, The Independent should tickle your funny bone.
The final and best joke of the film might be that a movie ostensibly spoofing a blowhard of an untalented hulk of a filmmaker is itself the product of the same.
The press kit for the B-movie mockumentary The Independent is hilarious, sidesplitting, and leaps and bounds funnier than the awful film that the kit promotes.
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