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Authors Anonymous (2014)

Authors Anonymous (2014)

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After a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers with the motto "all for one" accept Hannah Rinaldi (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) into their fold, the last thing they expect is her overnight success -- but that's exactly what they get. While her career takes off, her eccentric and envious colleagues (Chris Klein, Teri Polo, Dylan Walsh, Dennis Farina and Jonathan Bennett) struggle to find their own paths to publishing fame and fortune. Tensions rise, rivalries form, and hearts are broken. Rejection turns to desperation. Good thing they're only armed with pens... (c) Screen Media

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Cast

Kaley Cuoco
as Hannah Rinaldi
Chris Klein
as Henry Obert
Dennis Farina
as John K. Butzin
Jonathan Bennett
as William Bruce
Dylan Walsh
as Alan Mooney
Teri Polo
as Colette Mooney
Tricia Helfer
as Sigrid Hagenguth
Jonathan Banks
as David Kelleher
Meagen Fay
as Maureen Rinaldi
Diane Robin
as Lois Pepper
Daniel Riordan
as Richard Brodwell
Robb Skyler
as Dr. Xiroman
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Critic Reviews for Authors Anonymous

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

The only reason to watch this picture is for the novelty value of feeling bad for Chris Klein and/or Teri Polo. To each his own, but my recommendation is "pass."

April 18, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

"Authors Anonymous" proves too kindhearted to stick to its satirical guns; even the documentary conceit recedes when it becomes inconvenient.

April 17, 2014 | Full Review…

"Authors Anonymous" makes the same mistake it chides its characters for: hero worship.

April 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Pulling off a broad satire requires great finesse: If, as in the mockumentary "Authors Anonymous," all of the subjects are idiots, why should we care?

April 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Not even this movie's foolish characters could fail to notice the irony: there isn't a single moment of creativity in their own story.

April 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

You get the sense that Kanner would benefit from attending a few workshops of her own.

April 16, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Authors Anonymous

½

Interesting little satire. At first nearly switched it off, but glad I stuck with it. Biting look at a group of wannabe writers. Some of it works better than other bits, but once I got used to the style, I quite enjoyed it.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Though this film isn't actually all that funny, some of the characters are flat, and there are many stereotypes and clichés in the script, there's something very likable and real about this film. Henry (Klein), our lead character, wants to be a great writer, and so he reads and quotes and lauds the craft of writing, but doesn't do the work, and therefore has nothing to show for it. Hannah (Cuoco) doesn't read a lot but she does the work and good things happen for her. This parallel makes up the entirety of the film and inspires a lot of the character driven action, which is really well thought out. Some of the other characters didn't feel all too realistic, including the Mooney's (Walsh and Polo), who were played too over the top and flighty. William (Bennett) was a great stereotype of the pretentious writer who doesn't write, and Farina as Butzin shows the gritty writers who still exist but can't hack it among the top dogs. The main reason this film is loathed, besides that's it's not ever funny, is because it's a mockumentary that looks like a regular movie. It's not shot like a documentary, the editing is polished, the crew is somehow everywhere they are and shoot everything perfectly. It's really off-putting when other characters apparently see the cameras and ask about them, and you as the audience have forgotten they exist in the first place. Though there are some great ideas and characters, this was just too convoluted to work.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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