Authors Anonymous (2014)
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as Hannah Rinaldi
as Henry Obert
as John K. Butzin
as William Bruce
as Alan Mooney
as Colette Mooney
as Sigrid Hagenguth
as David Kelleher
as Maureen Rinaldi
as Lois Pepper
as Richard Brodwell
as Dr. Xiroman
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Critic Reviews for Authors Anonymous
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."
"Authors Anonymous" proves too kindhearted to stick to its satirical guns; even the documentary conceit recedes when it becomes inconvenient.
"Authors Anonymous" makes the same mistake it chides its characters for: hero worship.
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?
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.
Audience Reviews for Authors Anonymous
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.
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.
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