The Independent (2001)

The Independent



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language, some violence and sexuality)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Wilkins, Stephen Kessler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 2003
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as Morty Fineman

as Paloma Fineman

as Herself

as Mr. Ramos

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Baruce

as Daugher

as Old Man/Mr. Witz

as Ms. Kevorkian

as Rob's Dad

as Sally/Receptionist

as Redneck

as Businessman No. 1

as Businessman No. 2

as Leather Girl

as Morty's Actor-friend

as Surfer Guy

as Morty's Actress-frie...

as R.F. Fineman

as Beardo

as Hairface

as President

as Mr. Singh

as Newscaster

as Telluride Booth Girl

as Actress No. 1

as Actress No. 2

as Actress No. 3

as Dr. Rosaria McClesh

as Foxy Chocolate Robot

as William Henry Ellis

as Maitre'd

as Peter Worth

as Baruce

as Mayor Kitty Storm

as Orthodontist

as Prosecutor

as Victim

as Blue Sky

as Jean-Claude

as Jeffries

as Desk Clerk

as Soldier

as Beach Guy

as VFW Old Man

as Mr. Ko

as Poster Model
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Critic Reviews for The Independent

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (17)

When it's trying to be a more conventional comedy, it's mostly pretty bad.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Good but not great.

Full Review… | May 3, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A mockumentary that is as endearing as it is silly.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Garofalo, wary but indulgent as the director's estranged daughter, has great comic rapport with Stiller.

Full Review… | April 24, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Independent

It's just plain stupid in every sense of the word, but Stiller is hilarious and the film exceeds any expectations. The scene where the reporter is interviewing Stiller and asking him about his career is one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen.

Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

I think that Jerry Stiller has one of the best comedic performances ever here.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

Comedy with Jerry Stiller as a B-movie director known for his "interesting" films. When he decides he wants to make a new film about a serial killer's life he finds he's skint, so,along with the help of his daughter and long suffering assistant, he tries to get people's interest back into his work by trying to get a company to screen his films at a film festival. Obviously, this proves difficult due to a cult-ish, and limited audience.I have to admit, until i spotted this in a budget store the other day,i'd never heard of The Independent,but i was just about pleasantly suprised as this has some funny moments,the cast is good and its a pretty good story to. Not brilliant but pretty cool.

Adam M.

Super Reviewer

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