Starring Martin Short and Jan Hooks
Screenplay by Martin Short, Joe Flaherty and Michael Short
Directed by Vadim Jean
IN SHORT: Hysterically funny, for those in the know. [Rated R
For language and crude sexual content. 90 minutes]
"In the Know" in this case refers to you film fans who see
more than the average share of movie releases; read sites like this one;
subscribe to more than one movie/entertainment magazine and check out
those useless teevee and cable offerings that fill early evening time
slots on a regular basis. Those raised on fart joke comedies won't find
much to love about Jiminy Glick in LaLaWood. Those who know a little
bit about films and the people that love films will be very surprised.
Surprised is the correct word. We saw Jiminy Glick in LaLaWood in
advance, in a private screening room filled with A-list critics. How
we got in
with the A-list has more to do with grit and determination and outlasting
all the other internet wannabees than with the Miracle From Above that
it used to be. That said, all critics in the comfy room said it out loud:
'Oh boy is this movie gonna stink.' 'Oh God I hate my job on days like
this.' 'This is the kind of movie I make my friends watch when they think
got it easy' . . . and so on and so forth. And you know what?
We all, to a man and woman, were laughing from the first line of dialog.
That laughter, pretty much, didn't stop until the film was done ninety
minutes later. To be quite fair and totally honest, we haven't laughed
as much since the South Park movie of a couple years back, and Jiminy
Glick has no for letter words or musical numbers to annoy parents or
pad out the running time. It's all funny, all the time.
Based on the character Martin Short introduced on Comedy Central,
Jiminy Glick in LaLaWood begins as a standard prequel story. In this
it's a story as seen and narrated by the eye of auteur David Lynch (also
Which pretty much tells you if you're ready for this experience. If you
know who David Lynch is, not even his movies, his rep will do,
that's all need to know. Everyone else substitute Rod Serling for Lynch
and you'll be close enough for rock 'n' roll (sic).
As the promotional poster puts it, this is a story of "How a Legend
was Born". This legend to be, the pride of Butte, Montana, is a
television and newspaper reporter who is totally clueless about everything
he is supposed to be expert about. Assigned to cover the very prestigious
Toronto Film Festival -- which would be a pretty good joke to Americans
were that festival not as important as, say, the Sundance or Tribeca
festivals -- Jiminy packs up his wife Dixie (Jan Hooks) and twin sons
and motors off towards fame.
Before he even begins with the nitty gritty of interviewing stars and
reporting "on the scene" Jiminy must first view the headline
picture of the event, director Ben DiCarlo's new epic Growin Up Ghandi,
the heretofore story of the pre-pacifist career of the legend of the
title. Planted in the middle of a sold out house, Glick instantly falls
asleep. His review, of course, is a rave. Which is a surprise to everyone else
who walked out of the stinker, which was everybody else but the Glicks.
The one good review gets Jiminy an exclusive interview with DiCarlo (Corey
Pearson), in and of itself an astounding feat since the director
is as reclusive as real life names like Woody Allen. While no one else
Glick also lands fading-to-everyone-but-him movie star Miranda Coolidge
(Elizabeth Perkins). When Glick wakes to find the movie star dead
in the bed next to him, well, Jiminy is already obsessed with the real
movie star murder story of Lana Turner (Courtney Anderson) and
her mobster lover Johnny Stompanato (Darren Shahlavi), so the
comparisons fly and it's off to the races from there.
We'll also point out the presence of Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg and Kurt
additional, and totally improvised, interview segments. [not to forget Aries
Spear and Mo Collins of MadTV; and Janeane Garofalo and Catherine
Keener, too]. We have to point
it out since we were laughing so hard throughout the rest of the film
that we didn't stop to take notes. Jiminy Glick in LaLaWood is
one of those rare films that is such a surprise that it reminds us of
got into this biz in the first place. Well, no, actually since that had
to do with us getting hit by a truck, but movies? Yes, we love movies
and we love this comedy that loves the people that love movies. And the
jerks that fill the business as well.
On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky
able to set his own price to Jiminy Glick in LaLaWood, he would
have paid . . .