Seduced And Abandoned (2013)
Critic Consensus: Although Seduced and Abandoned highlights the frustrating side of the movie business, Alec Baldwin and James Toback's comedic chemistry ensures that its darker moments are leavened with a lighter touch.
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Critic Reviews for Seduced And Abandoned
Baldwin and Toback make a snappy comic duo, and half of their talks with a line-up of luminaries focus on the art of filmmaking rather than the business.
A fun, larky travel essay and commentary on the film biz, an exquisite wallow in the most rarefied sort of first-world problems.
Ironically, the failure of the financing mission gives [it] a sharper edge. But in the end, that edge will probably be of more interest to Baldwin, Toback and the film biz than to a civilian, who mostly wants to know why she can't find a decent rom-com.
Toback's directorial intuition proves to be spot-on: their self-revealing brave face on humiliation and despair is deeply cinematic.
This one seems to effortlessly breathe on its own as a buddy/buddy "road picture" with scenic pathways, a few dead ends and refreshing breezes throughout.
Audience Reviews for Seduced And Abandoned
I really enjoyed this film. It was fascinating to see the inner workings of Hollywood finance. This movie should be played at every film school in the world. If you are interested in breaking into the film business, becoming a producer, or doing anything of note in the entertainment industry, I recommend watching this. Excellent concept, solid execution. Alec Balwdin isn't as funny as he thinks he is.
The movie never adds up its parts well enough to feel like a complete film. It's mostly a hodgepodge of various clips from random filmmakers; the ones you feel Baldwin and Toback had the clout to get at Cannes. Truthfully, I feel a light show like Entourage shows behind the scenes movie dealing better than this movie. In truth, they barely talk about the movie they want to make or show them trying to raise the money. It's more of like "We like movies, and, hey look at the other movie people insiders we know that also like to generally talk about movies and moviemaking - here they are." While I enjoyed these aspects (I could listen to Marty Scorsese talk about movies for hours), if feels like filler for the movie they are supposedly trying to tell. Again, none of the scenes about the attempts of raising money in "Hollywood" today are very in depth or informative.
Entertaining and spot on. Very fast paced documentary and although not groundbreaking, still very telling of the industry
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