The Last Shot (2004)

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A movie director-screenwriter finds a man to finance his latest project but soon discovers that the producer is actually an undercover FBI agent working on a mob sting operation.

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  • Joe (Alec Baldwin, left) confers with his brother, FBI cheif Jack Devine (Ray Liotta, right) on career options.
  • Matthew Broderick in The Last Shot (2004)
  • Matthew Broderick and Calista Flockhart in The Last Shot (2004)
  • Jeff Nathanson (right) works out a scene with Matthew Broderick (left) and Toni Collette (center).
  • Mobster Tommy Sanz (Tony Shaloub, left) brokers a teamster's deal with Joe (Alec Baldwin, right) in hopes of being a bigger hot shot in the mob.
  • Savvy Hollywood agent Fanny Nash (Joan Cusack, center) instructs members of the FBI on the dos and dont's of striking a deal in Hollywood.

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26 December 2004 | tributarystu
7
| A work of film
I suppose I went to this movie for the actors: enigmatic Alec Baldwim, charming Matthew Broderick, turned-sardonic Tony Shalhoub, mafia man Ray Liotta (who resembles a "cappo di tutti cappo" even as the director of the FBI) and thin Calista Flockhart. In the end I came to like it because of what it actually is: a frank story about goodness and dreams and not "another" cover up story for a gang heist.

So you've got undercover agent Joe (Baldwin) who is so dedicated to his job, that he lets someone cut his finger off, just in order to get a longer sentence. Then there's Steven (Broderick), a want-to-be film director, who's still searching for his pot of gold...ah, luck. The rest of the characters orbit gently around these two propellers, spawning a genuine web of film-making personnel. Joe and Steven get to know each other when the detective plans to frame a certain low-ranker of the notorious Gotti family (in this particular case, Tommy Sanz, played by Shalhoub) and decides to pose as a film producer in order to fulfill his assignment. He meets Steven, the fate less anonymous screenwriter and the cameras start rolling...well, more or less.

The film proves to be a productive comedy - as in you'll get plenty of chances to prove your laughing capabilities - and is also dubbed by a layer of "sensfullness", meaning it's a smart comedy. Not all the time,I have to admit, but often enough. If I were to compare it with, let's say, "Get Shorty", a rather similar movie, I think I'd go for this one simply because its got more juice to squeeze. Director/screenwriter Nathanson efficiently parodies a lot of wacko attitudes of Hollywood, even though some of these particular scenes did seem to have been forced into the film. All in all, I'd say it's worth your time!

And one more thing...the intro credits are simply brilliant!

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