Film producer Sy Lerner (expertly played by the great Seymour Cassel) makes a bet with a fellow film executive that he can turn any nobody into a star at the Cannes Film Festival. A cabby who is visiting the festival is chosen as the test subject to settle the bet and Sy uses his skills of hype and manipulation to try and turn the cabby named Frank into a genius scriptwriter and the talk of the town. Loaded with celebrity appearances (including Jim Jarmusch and Johnny Depp) along with independent film legends (such as Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma Entertainment), the film takes you on a surreal trip thru the world of Cannes.
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Great, great, great entertaining film
This one is worth it solely for the scenes with Jim Jarmush and Johnny Depp. Brilliant!
No matter how you pronounce the name of that little city in France, this film was fabulously funny. The ultimate con is the film itself.
Cy Learner is the ultimate con man at the Cannes Film Festival as he bets a fellow attendee that the whole show is nothing but a show. He proves his point by creating illusion. Isn't film all about illusion anyway? His ability to manipulate and control makes him the Bernie Madoff of film. He is so likable and so hated all at once. A fascinating character who lives by a higher moral than those he cons at the same time that he sinks to the depths of moral depravity to find fun at the expense of others. The twist of the ending makes the movie all the more fun to watch.
My dad is trying to make it as a professional photographer in LA. He's always talking about how he's building a reputation, going to all the hottest parties, etc. He's also big into new age religion.
This movie helped me understand the world in which he lives. It mostly consists of hot air and empty promises. Sy Lerner is a brilliant con man who manages to make several million dollars hyping a movie script that doesn't even exist and hyping a script writer who, in reality, is just a cab driver. Throw in a bunch of easily manipulated film people, including Johnny Depp and his buddy who are trying to reach "higher level, spiritual planes" by meditating, and you'll see why this film struck home for me.
The fun part about this film is that at the end (as is common for a lot of films about cons) the film blended into reality, and I couldn't tell where the con ended and where the film began. This film is definitely recommended for anyone who has to live in a world of hype.
Reminds me of how people rely on other's people opinions to make up their minds. How people assume that other people have done the research and go ahead and lend their money and name. The con man does not take a no for an answer.
Made to look like a documentary the movie gets progressively more interesting towards the end.