Crap Shoot - The Documentary
If you listen to our podcast (http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/14391), you'll know how much we rag on Hollywood for the utter drivel they put out each year. They expect us to buy tickets to see their rehashed sequels or remakes that they try to pass off as something new and exciting. Yet, when it comes down to it, crap is still crap by any other name and no matter how bright the box is - you're still left with a big pile of something smelly you really don't want.
This movie was written, directed, and stars Ken Close and also stars his narrator James Horton. The movie is not strictly a documentary as the movie title implies. This movie tries to be a non-serious approach at looking at how "crap" scripts get made into movies and what certain Hollywood people think about this. This movie has a lot of attempts at humor and some of the interviews are trying to be "The Daily Show" type interviews.
There really isn't much more to say about the synopsis than that.
Grade - D-
This movie doesn't really work well for me. The comedy is not funny at all, the script that's there is horribly written. The ironic thing is that this movie proves the point that Hollywood's downfall is the lack of good scripts, and I just hope Hollywood didn't finance this movie. The main point that this movie gets across, which should have been the main focus, is that Hollywood doesn't want to take chances on scripts that have risks attached to it because they want assurance that they will make their money back. The rest of the "skits" are just filler used to waste my time. If Close would have confined his movie to a true documentary about the pitfalls of Hollywood then this could have been a really good movie and very insightful. It's really too bad that the only fun thing in this movie was a nice cameo done by Steven Spielberg. However, it's sad to say that he was the best actor in the film...and he wasn't all that good at his simple line read either. "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" this film is not, but you could compare it to a failed "The Daily Show" interview done by a high schooler. Listen to "Film Geeks" radio show on the Talkshoe website and you'll get a better take on Hollywood's suckfest than this movie did.