This isn’t a real movie. It doesn’t arc. It isn’t really important. And if you don’t come to it with a background knowledge of who the key people are (Jerry Seinfeld, Collin Quinn) then it is totally meaningless. But if you do know, and you have an interest in the mechanics of show business (not of the E! Network variety, but of the Variety variety) you will find a handful of very compelling and insightful moments. One thing that struck me — this movie isn’t funny. Something about seeing the comedy made from the inside out renders it completely unfunny. Also — the coolest closing credits sequence I’ve seen in a long time.
Scanners (1981), David Cronenberg, A-
November 15, 2011
Unknown (2011), Jaume Collett-Serra, B+
February 18, 2011
Stardust Memories (1980), Woody Allen, A
December 14, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada (2006), David Frankel, A-
July 23, 2006
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.