The Deal (2008) - Comedy, Romance

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A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. ...

IMDB: 5.6
Director: Steven Schachter
Stars: William H. Macy, Meg Ryan
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 9 out of 35 found boring (25.71%)

One-line Reviews (30)

Unfunny and pointless .

It's confusing too.

Boring and pointless .

It's boring and pointless and there is absolutely no humor.

Sets, costumes, and rapid-paced direction make for a enjoyable watch.

Macy and directed by his long-time friend and veteran TV movie director Steven Schachter, The Deal is part vanity piece, part industry insider self-indulgence and wholly funny.

But if you want to get a mostly entertaining/mocking look at the making of a movie and the people involved you could do worse.

There's something essentially pointless, I think, in making films about making films - 'Extras' was a lot less interesting than 'The Office'.

Most of them are boring and self-indulgent.

This is tiresome.

Absolutely none of that is apparent in this unfunny, self-absorbed, toothless and tiresome movie.

The arc in his character is so clear and obvious, that it is easy yet enjoyable to go on the journey with his character.

Emprin, Hudris, Fuchs, Ikon, Bland, Auger, and more I'm sure that went right over my head.

Don't know if this'll catch on in the overall US/worldwide markets, but we here sure enjoyed it.

He transcends his normal boundaries of story-telling as a stunning character actor, to bringing charters alive from the page.

Even if I was Jewish - it would bore me - because it just sucks!

William Macy is a brilliant writer with his understanding of the business, he created a surreal story, that was funny, fast paced, and packed with intelligent dialog.

I didn't really know what to expect, when I watched it and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

It's smart, funny, engaging, and even takes time to poke fun at itself.

Really, for movie lovers, a pleasant, satisfying and completely unexpected delight.

Editing was extremely choppy and character dialogue was too rapid to to listen to with any understanding and too hard to follow even when you knew what was being said.

Good, enjoyable movie, especially if you're a writer and know what happens to scripts in Hollywood.

There's a story which is about 1 hour and 40 minutes long and it's just a dreadful bore to sit through - and not even as entertaining as this review.

I HIGHLY recommend it!

So, I'm entertaining myself!

Never mind that the movie business is now beyond satire given that nothing a satirist can devise hasn't been or is being done in Hollywood even as the satirist's words strike the computer screen, this is a vastly entertaining film in which the ridiculous - and how about Benjamin Disraeli as a black Jewish freedom fighter - truly is sublime.

The plot is predictable from beginning to end, including the conclusion.


A pleasant, satisfying and completely unexpected delight.

After Charlie and Deirdre have their predictable onset fling, it's just as predictable they break up when filming is over.