Ralph Breaks the Internet
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| Top Critics (7)
| Fresh (13)
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Can't seem to decide if it's supposed to be a comedy about Hollywood small-timers trying to get an indie pic off the ground, or a somber drama in which greed and lust overwhelm art.
The gags are too obvious; the conflict between art and money is hackneyed; and the plot goes badly off the rails in the later reels.
"Mistress" abounds with sharp comic performances that never stray into caricature or sentimentality.
Seeing Mistress is like getting a bad table at the in Hollywood restaurant. You're eavesdropping on all the dull conversations.
Although it's never worse than watchable, the story barely expands beyond its own boundaries. It starts off appealingly small -- the way the old Albert Brooks movies used to. But it stays small.
Primus brings a scruffy intimacy to "Mistress," which distinguishes it still further from "The Player" with its palmy California setting.
Mistress consists of a series of meetings, some absurd, some touching. Primus works in a simple, unaffected style that gives the film a feeling of the unglamorous, drab, even dreary and depressing side of Tinseltown.
Director Barry Primus's script lacks punch, but what it has, it doesn't pull.
A pitch black dark comedy.
Deft Hollywood satire with a top-drawer cast.
One of De Niro's less essential outings.
The energetic cast and the wealth of comic possibilities that are achieved make for an enjoyable romp.
I appreciate this film more and more.
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