Release Date: April 6th, 2007 by THINKfilm.
The Cast: David Duchovny, Sigourney Weaver, Ioan Gruffudd, Judy Greer, Fran Kranz, Lindsay Sloane, Justine Bateman, Lucy Davis, Willie Garson, M.C. Gainey.
Directed by Jake Kasdan.
BASIC PREMISE: Mike (Duchovny) struggles to write a successful TV pilot for a demanding producer, Lenny (Weaver).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: David Duchovny gives a mediocre performance as Mike, a writer who must adapt his TV pilot script for “The Wexler Chronicles” according to the demands of his tough boss, Lenny. The plot begins, naturally, with the pre-production madness as Mike observes many auditions for the leading man in the pilot. Lenny chooses an actor, Zach (Franz) who isn’t quite the ideal choice according to Mike. During production, even more chaos ensues which Mike must adapt to. Unfortunately, writer/director Jake Kasdan doesn’t take the satire as far is it could go and instead, it feels rather ho-hum and underwhelming. He should have taken more risks by making the situations more absurd and whacky, just like writer/director Woody Allen did in the hilarious Hollywood Ending. Sigourney Weaver is a very capable, scene-stealing actress, but doesn’t have enough material to work with as Lenny in order to shine. On the other hand, Judy Greer gets the best lines as Mike’s agent, Alice. The TV Set does have briefly funny scenes scattered throughout the film, but most of the satire, sadly, falls flat.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than the obvious difficulties of a writer to cater to constantly shifting demands.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Bland and not satirical enough.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
IN A NUTSHELL: Occasionally funny, but often bland and not satirical enough.
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