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Imaginary Z-grade 1960s exploitation film producer Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), who was responsible for such faux-works as Buddy Cops V: Hayseed and Toughnut, sci-fi blaxploitation flick The Foxy Chocolate Robot, and, of course, Heil Titler , is the focus for this mockumentary co-written and directed by Stephen Kessler). While Fineman struggles to make his latest effort, Ms. Kevorkian, about a gun-toting babe who's passionate about assisted-suicide, the bank wants to foreclose on his hallowed studio and sell his film archive for $8 a pound. In absolute desperation, he reaches out to his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When it's trying to be a more conventional comedy, it's mostly pretty bad."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"While [Stiller] and everyone else look like they're having a great time working on a shoestring, their movie too often retells the same joke."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Stiller should get an Oscar for his performance as Fineman and that's no joke. This is a role of a lifetime and Stiller relishes the opportunity."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Now this is what I'm talking about right here. We need more films like THIS!"
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"It's cute and amiable, maybe easier to cherish if you don't recall Russ Meyer or Matinee or Ed Wood."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap."
‑ Erin Meister, Boston Globe
"A mockumentary that is as endearing as it is silly."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Really, truly, one of the funniest movies of the last decade."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A lot of fun, thanks in no small part to the wonderfully over the top performance of Jerry Stiller"
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Ranks right up there with Silver, John Waters' Cecil B. Demented and Christopher Guest's The Big Picture as terrific spoofs of the business of moviemaking."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Good but not great."
‑ Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"Garofalo, wary but indulgent as the director's estranged daughter, has great comic rapport with Stiller."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"has enough raw talent to elevate it above the usual mockufare"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Hollywood loves to satirize itself, wanting to reassure us it doesn't take itself too seriously. The Independent is worlds away from The Player (1992), but it's still one joke hammered over and over, hitting more often than missing."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Despite laughs, the movie only sporadically works."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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