The Last Shot (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

USA, 2004.  Morra Brezner Steinberg and Tenenbaum Entertainment, Mandeville Films, Burro Productions, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the article What’s Wrong With This Picture by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Hilarious spoof, reportedly based on a true story, brims with vigour and wit and then ends without a satisfying third act. Alec Baldwin plays an FBI agent who comes up with a brilliant scheme to catch a mob boss () his team has long been after: fake a movie production so the gangster’s truck drivers can get involved and get their boss busted for racketeering. In order to pull it off, Baldwin hires an unsuspecting movie theatre employee () to direct his unproduced script Arizona…in Rhode Island. It’s hard to decide what’s funnier, Broderick’s clueless sap or Baldwin’s burgeoning passion for actually making a movie.  Toni Collette is hilarious as a self-important actress who wrangles the lead role, but all talents involved end up wasted by a hasty plot that finishes well before it really sinks in. Still, despite being shallow it is pleasant and fun.

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