The Deal 2008

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Charlie Berns (William H. Macy) is a movie producer who convinces a major studio to fund a film about British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. But he rewrites the script, transforming the film into an action flick for Bobby Mason (LL Cool J), a recent convert to Judaism who is eager to play the Jewish statesman. During production, Mason is kidnapped by a radical political organization, and it is up to Berns and development executive Deidre Hearn (Meg Ryan) to save the film and its star.

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Critic Reviews for The Deal

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    January 25, 2008 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • A wacky Hollywood satire that never catches fire.

    January 25, 2008
  • 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.

    January 15, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Lets many humorous conceits fly.

    April 15, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Deal

  • Feb 27, 2011
    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
  • Dec 23, 2010
    "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
  • Apr 13, 2010
    could and should have been better, looking at hollywood, macy plays a producer getting together a film, and ryan as a studio producer getting involved, and how a script is changed and turned around, some amusing moments, macy keeps it afloat throughout, is he ever bad, even in mediocre films
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2009
    Couldn't hold my attention well. It was okay and funny, but not something to watch again.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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