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The Independent
The Independent
Actors: Max Perlich, Andy Dick, Billy Burke, Jonathan Katz, Anne Meara
Director: Stephen Kessler
Genres: Comedy
R     2008     1hr 25min

With 427 films like Twelve Angry Men and A Baby, The Man With Two Things, and The Heart is A Strong Muscle, Morty Fineman (JERRY STILLER) has made audiences laugh, cry, think, and feel. But now he s broke, and must turn to...  more »

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Actors: Max Perlich, Andy Dick, Billy Burke, Jonathan Katz, Anne Meara
Director: Stephen Kessler
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Parody & Spoof, Ben Stiller
Studio: Allumination
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/12/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Jerry Stiller makes this movie work
Stacey Woelfel | Columbia, MO United States | 08/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Let me begin by saying you have to love Jerry Stiller to love this movie, because he's in just about every scene. And he's the Jerry you loved in Seinfeld, as well as many other incarnations. He's loud, he's rude, and he's hilarious. This movie would not have worked with anyone else in the lead role.The idea of the film is that Stiller is the ultimate independent film producer, Morty Fineman. His movies may not be great art, but there sure are a lot of them. One of the best gags in this film is to just sit back and enjoy the titles for all the films. A lot of work went into conjuring up literally hundreds of titles--some of which will make you laugh out loud. To catch them all, you should check out the very well-done companion web site...You'll probably enjoy this movie best if you're in the 35-45 age range, because it will take you back to all those drive-in movie classics you loved as a teenager."
So Much Better than I Thought at First Look
Vesta Irene | the Pacific Northwest | 03/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ten minutes into the movie and I was beginning to think it wasn't going anywhere. I'd just about decided to get up and pop the disc out of the player. But, what the heck, I didn't want to go back to the video store, so I decided to give it a few more minutes. Besides, I'd just poured my second glass of wine. So I settled back and prepared for more of the same.

So why did I wind up laughing so hard and so long? It looks like Ron Howard and Peter Bogdanovich new a little something I didn't. This movie took me back over the years and made me laugh, made think about the last four decades, made me sympathize and understand a man like Morty Fineman who just wants his day in the sun, just wants a little recognition. Don't we all.

Reviewed by Vesta Irene, Number One fan of Ken Douglas, writer of Tangerine Dream and Desperation Moon. One of the advantages of being married to a writer is that there are always plenty of good books around the house. It's turned me into quite a reader and allowed me to discover many new books."
Full disclosure -- I'm in it
Thomas E. Wolfe | 11/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"But that shouldn't stop you from laughing and pointing at the baldheaded monkeyboy in the audience shots during the filmfest at the end. Yes, I'm an extra, so what? Plus that's my hometown of Colfax, CA standing in for the fictitious, hooker-founded Chapparral, NV... and yes, I got to meet Ginger Lynn, who plays The Mayor. She had some trouble saying the few lines that were scripted for her (and you'll see that some of her lines have music playing over them instead of voice) but that's okay. I'm pretty sure dialogue is not one of her strong points. Oh yeah, and I met Mr. Stiller, who is as sweet and funny and cool as you would guess he'd be. Same of director Steven Kessler. Same of me. Just kidding; I'm a dick."