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Actors: Matthew Modine, Saul Rubinek, Alan Bates, Joe Cobden, Deborah Kara Unger
Director: Peter O'Brian
Bobby is the golden boy and everything in life has gone his way. Bored and looking for a challenge, he buys the film rights to "Lantern Moon," a classic and touching Canadian novel. Bobby, once again, is seeing gold. ... more »
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Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 08/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"HOLLYWOOD NORTH looked hilarious on the trailer I saw; the whole movie however is not what I expected. It's humor lies in the satirical look at how Hollywood can mess up a movie. Matthew Modine plays quite well the producer, Bobby, who gets the rights to a huge Canadian bestseller called "Lantern Moon." However, he is told by the investors and his executive producer (Alan Thicke) that they want a Hollywood star in the lead. This leads Modine to sign the egocentric, near lunatic Michael Baytes (played to perfection by Alan Bates). Bates is wrapped up in the Iranian hostage situation (movie is set in 1979) and he becomes convinced that the Iranians are plotting against him as well. He demands a rewrite, which ultimately has nothing to do with the original "Lantern Moon." The title is changed to "Flight to Bogota" and the story centers on an American Ambassador struggling for freedom in the Colombia.
There are many other subplots going on here: Jennifer Tilly is marvelous as the nymphomaniac leading lady; John Neville is the washed up director; Deborah Kara Unger is the documentary lady who is using Modine's money to finance her own movie, without his knowledge.
Eventually the movie loses its satirical focus and morphs into an attempted slapstick ending.
It has some good moments, but doesn't reach the level of excellence it should have.