DVD Review: What Just Happened

By Drum Digital
02 March 2011

Rating 2/5

Drama. 2010. 100 min. with Robert de Niro, Robin Wright Penn and Bruce Willis.

Director: Barry Levinson. 13L

Ben (De Niro) is a Hollywood movie producer juggling professional and personal woes. On the one hand he’s still in love with his second ex-wife (Penn) and trying to guide his troubled teenage daughter (Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame). On the other he’s desperately trying to get a British-born director (Michael Wincott) to edit a film starring Sean Penn so the movie won’t flop at the box office. Ben also has to convince Willis, who stars as himself, to shave his beard for a role in a new movie...

Although What Just Happened is punted as a dark comedy detailing what really happens behind the scenes in Hollywood, it’s a letdown. De Niro, lauded for his method acting, fails to convince in this role. Stewart also doesn’t capitalise on an opportunity to prove she’s more than just a sullen teen. After 100 minutes I was left thinking, what just happened?

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