Friday, October 14, 2011

Jimmy Hollywood (1994)

Synopsis: Delusional thespian and space cadet pal take urban revitalization project a step too far.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Oscar winner Joe Pesci and Christian Slater are at their finest in this wildly funny look at Hollywood from acclaimed director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy)”

What Did I Learn?: A good woman will stand by her man even when he: a) lives in her apartment without paying any rent, b) steals money out of her purse, c) forms a fake vigilante organization and sends provocative videos to the cops, and d) holds a bound-and-gagged drug dealer hostage in her bathroom based on tactics derived from Hezbollah.

Really?: I had a little trouble understanding why Pesci’s character would flee from the cops after he publicly revealed Jericho’s identity, or why he would willingly run into a volley of gunfire to continue the charade (most people aren’t suicidal). And who exactly, were the guys in the SUV who tried to run our heroes off the road near the end?

Rating: Slater doesn’t have much of a part in this movie (and there were a few too many scenes of Pesci’s long-suffering girlfriend getting upset and telling our heroes they’re insane after they pull off yet another stunt), but Jimmy Hollywood is a fun little comedy about a guy at the bottom of the acting profession who becomes obsessed with his one big role. 6/10 stars.

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