Friday, October 7, 2016

Hail Caesar (1994)

How bad is it? Probable low point for many of those involved.
Should you see it? Only if you love 1980's stars and need only a few laughs.

This was apparently a vanity project of Anthony Michael Hall,who directed himself and what I'm guessing are his Hollywood friends who owed him a favor. Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Judd Nelson, Frank Gorshin and an uncredited Kato Kaelin are in it. Hall has a rock band and he also works in a pencil eraser factory, where he falls in love with the boss's daughter (who's cute, but has a horrible personality - well, we've all made that mistake). The boss doesn't like it, so there's a bet: if he can earn $100K in 6 months, he gets the father's blessing and, if not, he hits the road for good. The film has a few intentional laughs, but none of the characters are appealing or interesting and the story doesn't really go anywhere.

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