The Last Shot (5/10)
By Tony Medley
The titles for this
are clever and I enjoyed them. Then the movie started and enjoyment
The problem with one
joke movies is that after the joke thereís still a movie you have to
sit through. These are 93 looonnnng minutes.
You know the joke.
Joe Devine (Alec Baldwin) is a loser whoís an FBI agent whose brother
is an FBI bigwig. He devises a sting to nab some crime bosses by faking
a movie. He needs someoneís script, so he poses as a producer and gets
Seven Schates (Matthew Broderick), a doorman at Graumanís Chinese
theater, who has a script about the Arizona desert and the Grand Canyon,
to sign up and not only use his script but direct also.
OK so far. Then,
Devine wants to shift the location from Arizona to Providence, Rhode
Island to double for things like the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River
and the desert (because
thatís where the crime bosses are). This is based on a true story. It apparently happened to
two guys named Levy and Lewk. If what really happened to them is
anything like this movie, itís amazing Levy and Lewk can walk, talk,
and eat without help. Because the scenes where Devine shows Schates a
river in Providence to double for the Colorado, while humorous because
of Schatesí reaction, is something that could only be believed by
someone in a Hollywood movie.
The movie is
directed and written by Jeff Nathanson, who wrote the screenplay for Catch
Me if You Can (2002), another overly long movie that I didnít
like. This is
a film with little humor, little logic, little interest. What an
appalling waste of talented actors!
September 23, 2004