What Just Happened (2008)

What Just Happened
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Recommended for mature audiences

Director: Barry Levinson
Actors: Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Lily Rabe, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Robin Wright Penn, Robert De Niro

What Just Happened is a winningly sharp comedy about two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the world of a middle-aged Hollywood producer - as he tries to juggle an actual life with an outrageous series of crises in his day job. Ben (Robert De Niro) is already in over his head trying to balance the tug-of-war of having two ex-wives and two different families with his latest business venture - the boldly "visionary" movie Fiercely starring Sean Penn (Sean Penn) - when everything that can go wrong goes completely screwy.

Status: Normal
Run time: 107mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Member Reviews (22)

Couldnt watch it through. Boring
Posted Thursday, 15 November 2012 See my other reviews
I have tried to watch this twice and it just bored me to tears.....couldn't be bothered watching it to the end
Posted Wednesday, 11 July 2012 See my other reviews
We didn't watch it as we had already had it recently.
Posted Saturday, 24 December 2011 See my other reviews
I think that advertising this film as a comedy has really handicapped it, because as a no-holds-barred expos? of the movie industry in Hollywood it's closer to a documentary than a comedy. De Niro's performance is brilliant, as is Michael Wincott's portrayal of a crazed English director (scarily reminiscent of Keith Richards and very impressive for a Canadian). If your idea of a comedy is The Hangover, this is not for you. But if you're able to appreciate incisive wit and searing sarcasm, you'll love this gem. I've given it 5 stars to get its average rating up, because too many people have panned it without really understanding its worth, and really does deserve to be seen by a more discerning audience.
Posted Thursday, 24 November 2011 See my other reviews
Posted Thursday, 27 October 2011 See my other reviews
What a waste of time,absolutely woeful.Do not waste time on this piece of junk.Minus100 stars
Posted Monday, 19 September 2011 See my other reviews
Posted Friday, 13 May 2011 See my other reviews
I went into this with low expectations, having read the reviews and not having heard much about the film, despite the impressive cast. It wasn't as bad as I expected, and De Niro is much better to watch in this than some of his other recent efforts (Meet The Fockers...). Bruce Willis is a classic. It was a movie about choices, and whenever De Niro's character had to make a choice over his work and his family life - including reconciling with his wife - he always chose work.
Posted Wednesday, 27 April 2011 See my other reviews
Painfully boring! We turned it off after 30min. Lots of cameos but no storyline and no acting. Can we get our money back?
Posted Wednesday, 13 April 2011 See my other reviews
Really bad movie, no story what-so-ever and I have seen better acting from an untrained 5 year old
Posted Tuesday, 22 March 2011 See my other reviews
What just happened? I wasted almost two hours of my life waiting for this film to live up to its potential. Schindler's List had more humour. Very disappointing.
Posted Saturday, 5 June 2010 See my other reviews
The blurb promoting this film describes it as, "Edgy, hilarious and clever." I have concluded that this is cinema-speak for Irritating, Absurd and Obtuse. Either that, or the reviewer had the good sense not waste their time actually watching this drivel. What was Robert De Nero thinking?
Posted Sunday, 30 May 2010 See my other reviews
Matthew B.
Neither as funny or enjoyable as I had hoped or thought it would be.
Posted Sunday, 18 April 2010 See my other reviews
For a movie with so many big names in it... it was disappointing. A slow story line right from the start, unfortunately.
Posted Wednesday, 31 March 2010 See my other reviews
Sunet N.
I wouldn't call that flick a comedy. I haven't seen Deniro playing so well for a longtime and there's no real supporting cast as Sean Penn and Bruce Willis are playing themselves and have only a few scenes, same for Turturro. This movie is really about Deniro acting skills and he's simply superbe. I believe it will disappoint anyone expecting a comedy and also anyone who doesn't care or know about filmmaking process. For the others, those who dream making it in the film industry, it's superbly filmed, acted. I could have watched 3 hours of Deniro's character life.
Posted Saturday, 20 March 2010 See my other reviews
Elspeth N.
Just doesn't work somehow - good actors, some funny set-ups but doesn't make for a funny movie. Bruce Willis was the only thing that saved it from being really boring - he was funny! Have to admire a big name star who can enjoy taking the micky out of himself!
Posted Monday, 15 March 2010 See my other reviews
I wouldn't really say this is a nail biting or sharp. I admit to only renting this because of Kristen Stewart (who played a minor role), from Twilight. There are a few good actors here, but I really didn't like the movie.
Posted Tuesday, 2 March 2010 See my other reviews
I thought I was missing something as the list of actors alone should have had greatness installed within this movie. I tried to persevere but decided I was tired and switched it off, meaning to watch it later but it never happened and I didn't feel like I was missing anything! disapointing.
Posted Sunday, 7 February 2010 See my other reviews
Let's see... A movie about the making of a movie that everyone else thought was simply in very poor taste. That seems familiar. Oh wait, that's this movie!
Posted Monday, 1 February 2010 See my other reviews
This was described as a comedy but didn't make me laugh at all - maybe I just didn't get it!!
Posted Monday, 11 January 2010 See my other reviews
Joanne B.
How boring and the call this comedy, i did not smile once, defiantly not worth the bother, i turned it off
Posted Sunday, 27 December 2009 See my other reviews
Although the acting was good, I have to say that this was one of the most boring movies I have watched in a long long time. Like watching paint dry!
Posted Wednesday, 16 December 2009 See my other reviews
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