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What makes the film work is inevitably Kevin Spacey's savage performance as Buddy, a bully and a toady who had a heart once but gave it up to his career producing schlock; though Buddy rants and raves and delivers killer one-liners, much of the strength of the performance is in subtle work with his eyes. Frank Whaley is almost equally fine as Guy in all the two-hander scenes; while Michelle Forbes is convincing as the woman director who forms a tentative alliance with Guy. George Huang's direction is perfectly competent: it never gets in the way of his fine script and the extraordinary performances.
On the DVD: Swimming with Sharks comes to DVD in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. There's an extensive commentary by George Huang in which he talks us through his years of misery in a junior studio job and is entertaining about all the horrid bosses whose bad behaviour--abuse, exploitation, pretending to praise him to a dead phone--he has combined into Buddy. He is also charmingly modest about the major if abrasive contribution Kevin Spacey made to the film, not only as actor but also as someone who would always tell a director if he did something less than brilliant. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dreadful. One of the worst films I've ever seen. 2 or 3 shallow/cardboard people yell at each other in 2 or 3 locations. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terence Wallis
Funny movie kevin spacey outstanding as always he ruins people for fun in this.Published 7 months ago by W. T. Wakolo
To sum this film up, I'd call it a poor man's Wall Street. Kevin Spacey plays Buddy, who's the Vice President of a motion picture company called Keystone Pictures. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill
The actors soft features together with their soft voices and the soft musical score make this a nice film to snooze to. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Colin
..it was so boring. Oh dear and Kevin Spacey is one of my all time favourite actors. However, this is a real yawn. Sorry Kev xPublished 15 months ago by Dinky
This is simply an unknown gem from Mr Spacey. Just watch! I promise you won't be disappointed, if you just keep the beginning scenes in mind & watch the drama (& some belly laughs)... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by cloudgirl
Kevin spacey is seen at his best in this film. Such a good movie. Would recommend it to everyone. BrilliantPublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by luke bates
This is NOT a comedy but a disturbing parody of high pressure corporate life. I would guess that "The Devil Wears Prada" copied the theme. Brilliant.Published on 16 Aug. 2012 by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
Kevin Spacey's second best role to American beauty without a doubt.Frank Whaley was nearly equally as good playing Guy,a graduate of film school who takes up a new job as an office... Read morePublished on 10 July 2009 by Mr. A. J. Ralph