Friday, October 14, 2011

The Player (1992)

Synopsis: Slimy studio snob snubs scribes, snuffs screenwriter, sidesteps snake, seduces stiff’s sexy spouse.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “When callous movie studio executive Griffin Mill (TIM ROBBINS) starts receiving anonymous death threats from a rejected screenwriter, his already shaky career begins to crumble. Finally, his desperation drives him to kill...but did he rub out the wrong writer?”

What Did I Learn?: Loading a movie with “more than 65 superstar cameo appearances” may provide a laugh or two, but it doesn’t really advance the story, and it has a way of distracting the viewer.

You Might Like This Movie If: You like your comedy star-studded.

Really?: Do Buck Henry, Steve James, Brian Tochi, Jill St. John, Bert Remsen, Patricia Resnick, Annie Ross, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Bowen, Charles Champlin, Cathy Lee Crosby, Brad Davis, Paul Dooley, Thereza Ellis, Dennis Franz, Maxine John-James, etc... really count as “superstars”?

Rating: Nitpicking aside, The Player is both a suspenseful thriller and a clever, brilliantly-written satire of Hollywood. Well worth watching. 9/10 stars.

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