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3.0 out of 5 stars What Joaquin did next., 14 April 2011
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This film is either a masterpiece which skewers the vacuity of modern celebrity or it's a shallow vanity-project made by people with too much money and time on their hands. But which is it? Blowed if I know.

Spotting the influences of this film is as entertaining, if not more, than the film itself. There's `Borat', `Spinal Tap', `Don't Look Back' and even, dare I say, `The King of Comedy' in there. It's not as good as any of those films, but then again it could be a masterpiece - or is it rubbish? Blowed if I know.

Joaquin Phoenix plays Joaquin Phoenix, an Oscar-nominated, successful actor who decides he doesn't want to be a successful actor any more; instead he wants to look like the fat one out of the Blues Brothers crossed with a member of ZZ Top, and pursue his career through the medium of `rap'. His brother-in-law, (Casey Affleck), played by Casey Affleck, decides to make a film about it.

Who's playing it for real and who's faking? Well, I don't think the expression of polite horror on the face of Mos Def, when JP tells him he wants to be a rapper, can possibly be faked. Then again one certainly hopes that Edward James Olmos is faking it, or else he is an eejit of considerable magnitude. The same goes for Puff Daddy Diddy Coombs, or whatever his name is, I can't imagine he would make himself look such a fool unless it was deliberate?

The film is basically JP hanging out with his waster `friends', talking rubbish, appearing on talk-shows, and attempting to get his rap career off the ground. This culminates in an hilarious scene in a Miami nightclub where he `performs' in front of a somewhat sceptical audience, before attempting to assault a heckler.

Even more horrible than JP's ridiculous, self-indulgent life-style, is the antics of the parasites who swarm around celebrities, and their hideously inflated sense of their own importance. The paparazzi boo JP when he refuses to pose for their silly pictures; a, (presumably genuine?), twerp, from a `fan-site', belittles his career, without a trace of irony or self-consciousness, as 'unimportant' and 'boring'. The mind positively boggles.

I've only given it three stars because it isn't that entertaining; the sub-plot about his `friend' Anton betraying his trust is all a bit dull. I think you should see it though and make your own mind up about it. Maybe it is a great film - but then again it could be junk. Blowed if I know.
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