The Independent (2001)
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 studio and sell his film archive for $8 a pound. In absolute desperation, he reaches out to his estranged daughter Paloma (Janeane Garofalo), who grudgingly agrees to be the president of his production company in spite of numerous moral qualms. Along the way, the film features interviews with such real-life luminaries as Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, and blaxploitation stalwart Fred Williamson, that paints a picture of a relentlessly gung-ho producer whose work somehow manages to rise above nothing budgets and lackluster talent. They also highlight Fineman's penchant for hitting on his leading ladies; Karen Black recalled one incident by noting, "It helped to be drunk." This film was screened at the 2000 South By Southwest Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Independent
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
When it's trying to be a more conventional comedy, it's mostly pretty bad.
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.
A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap.
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.
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.
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.
Garofalo, wary but indulgent as the director's estranged daughter, has great comic rapport with Stiller.
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.
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.More
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.More
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