THE INDEPENDENT is a witty Hollywood film about Hollywood, a zany little satire that stars Jerry Stiller as Morty Fineman, the worst producer in motion picture history. Some of his classic bombs:
THE MAN WITH TWO THINGS
I SEE ENGLAND, I SEE FRANCE
TWELVE ANGRY MEN AND A BABY
WORLD WAR III II
JOAN OF ARKANSAS
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER BLISTER
PULL MY FINGER
THREE HO PUNCHOUT
A VERY MALCOLM XMAS
TO HELL IN A PICNIC BASKET
The funniest moment was left on the cutting room floor but is offered as a deleted scene extra. At a Hollywood party, a producer is touting his latest project, " 'PROZAC,' the feel-good movie of the summer."
Several funny testimonial cameos in this mocumentary include those of Ron Howard and Roger Corman. Ben Stiller has an amusing bit role as a human whale. His dad's co-stars are Janeanne Garafalo (as daughter Paloma) and Max Perlich (Brody on TV's HOMICIDE) as Morty's long-time protegé. Anne Meara has a small role as Stiller's ex-wife (what else?). She's now living in a Rolls Royce in the 90210 zip code.
Somehow, despite being unable to start work on a serial killer's biopic and faced with overwhelming debts that cause the seizure of his meager possessions and extensive personal film library, our talentless but undaunted hero is honored with a one-man retrospective at a start-up Colorado film festival. The show's centerpiece is a long-lost Armed Forces training film (by Corporal Fineman) called: SIMPLEX COMPLEX. After this triumph, Morty is invited to make cheap-o pictures in Malaysia, where 36 cinematic sausage trifles get cranked out in just a few months time. Thus in the end, mediocrity conquers all!
(Don't miss the bonus video of Nancy Sinatra's in-studio recording of the movie's spy-flavored theme song.