Transporting paranoid Hollywood types into mainstream America is always good for a few laughs. And here, writer-director David Mamet delivers a handful of offbeat gems when a film crew descends upon a sleepy Vermont town that's more interested in milking cows than milking profits. Cell phone in hand, William H. Macy is a director trying to make his picture on the cheap.
But when star Alec Baldwin's weakness for teenage girls proves troublesome, producer David Paymer is called in to bail him out. Problem is, the local townsfolk aren't afraid of threatening calls from CAA higher-ups--considering they have no idea what those letters mean anyway. Paymer, Macy and Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of today's finest actors, bring the industry's self-importance mantra to convincing levels, and eventually, the locals learn to play the money game. But it's the audience who'll walk away the real winners.
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