Many words of praise have been lavished upon this non-plussed parable on (or is it a parody of?) film-making.
I have nothing to add to that except endorsing the dictum that the movie, on the whole, is a real gem, a cult-movie, and a comedy on Hollywood if you ever had one - and, yes, of course it's about movie-making. Not necessarily about the "lower ranks" and the intricacies of low-budget movies.
But it is a fearless close-up on some of the hapless yet entirely lovable characters you will find in the truly ambitious but utterly powerless realms of the not-so-famous studios, where countless dreamers are the victims - but never the masters - of their countless ideas and politically correct inhibitions, or should I say their many stubborn (adolescent) long-haired fixations?
Of course all of that has been described in dozens of famous movies about movie-making.
However, the way that Steve Buscemi gets into the skin of young director Nick Reve, the super-understanding and perceptive softie, who is hopelessly overwhelmed by the sheer weight of his job without realizing it (he is just incapable of being ruthless enough to transform his vision into action, or palpable results), is nothing but marvelous.
Is it by chance that his name Reve means dreams, as in the French word rève? I believe it's not.
If you are interested in movies about Hollywood, or movie-making, and if you happen to like the art of Steve Buscemi, this is a must-have movie, if there ever is one.