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The Deal [DVD]

William H. Macy , Meg Ryan , Steven Schachter    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, L.L. Cool J., Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter
  • Directors: Steven Schachter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZQX03Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,029 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Charlie Berns is a veteran Hollywood movie producer who has given up on his career and life. This is until his idealistic screenwriter nephew comes up with the script of a lifetime and Charlie decides to give his career one final shot. The only thing standing in his way is Diedre Hearn, a sharp witted studio executive brought in to keep Charlie in line. But when their A-list action star gets kidnapped and the studio shuts down their movie they relunctantly team up to pull off one of the biggest hustles in Hollywood history. This is a smart screwball comedy with bags of charm and the wonderfully crackly chemistry between William Macy and Meg Ryan makes this a must see!

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a wrap 24 April 2010
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
William H Macy plays Charlie Berns a washed up Hollywood producer about to end it all. Interrupted by his wet behind the ears nephew who has a script called 'Bill & Ben' that is based upon Benjamin Disraeli. Charlie quickly scams his way into getting funding for a new movie but instead of his nephews script he has a new one concocted that will star an action hero,(played by L.L.Cool J), and has nothing to do with the original idea.
Along the way he ropes in Meg Ryans sharp witted studio exec. and signs up Elliot Goulds 'Rabbi to the stars' as a producer.
Things take a turn for the worse as funding looks to dry up once the movies main star goes missing but an implausible happy ending ties all the pieces together.
Macy gives great value for money as the seemingly careless Charlie. Happy to use whoever he has to in order to get the movie made and bluffing his way past every obstacle except Ryan whom he falls for.
Ryan is the crowned queen of rom com and has no difficulty in balancing Macy's oddball character with a smart and likeable turn of her own. The two work well together and the spikey dialogue keeps this a long way from the usual bland rom-com chatter. There are few outright laughs as the comedy is both droll and often dark. The couple often clash and both are ruthless in their own way.
The ending may be a little contrived but it does little to spoil what is a well acted and sharply scripted film that is aimed firmly at those looking for something likeable but different. One of the most unusual points here is the speed at which the films moves along. At absolutely no point does this drag and in fact you'll need to pay close attention in order to keep up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected gem 12 Feb 2010
By J. Webb
William H Macy is excellent is this comedy (with Meg Ryan), his 'hang-dog' character is very funny. I was expecting the usual rom-com, but the film is actually a very funny satire about the movie business. An unexpected gem.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William H Macy can smile! 17 Mar 2010
By Juno
Totally agree with the one other reviewer (at this moment) on here; William H Macy *is* excellent in this film, and I do believe it's the first time I've ever seen the man smile! If truth be told I usually find him a bit creepy-looking (it's those miserable, hound-dog eyes) but when he smiles, he has a very boyish charm which I think makes this film. 'The Deal' is sharp and funny, with some great character acting in the supporting roles.

To be honest, I don't think you can go far wrong with a film that has both Meg Ryan and William H Macy in it. They both have impeccable taste where scripts are concerned, and an eye for stories which are several degrees different from the norm.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Deal 28 Jun 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
dreck! Meg Ryan is washed up ! Awful movie. Total garbage.
Worst movie of the century.
echh. oolp!

Dumb foolish
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal 23 Mar 2011
This is a genuinely clever movie that was really enjoyable to watch. It's way too complicated to explain for the likes of me. William H. Macy is excellent as the lead with all the supporting cast also entertaining in their own way. The only downside - what is the new Meg Ryan look all about?
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