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Cast: Jerry Stiller,Ginger Lynn Allen, Nick Cassavetes, Fred Dryer, Jonathan Katz, Anne Meara,Janeane Garofalo

Director(s): Stephen Kessler

Genre: Comedy

Year: 2001

Rating: R

A notorious B-movie director tries for a comeback by seeking out the film rights to the life story of a serial killer who wants his biography film to be a musical.

As far as parodies go you may not see another this funny in a long time. Jerry Stiller plays Morty Fineman, a Director who is trying to make a comeback after years of making loads of "Ed Wood" type films. This is a not only a clever Mockumentary it is also directed flawlessly and the jokes are dead on, I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard while watching a satire like this. Jerry Stiller is in almost every scene of this film and he is the glue that keeps it together as well as it's leading star. Janeane Garofalo is her usual brilliant self as well and the chemistry between her and Stiller is amazing. There's so much here to love and it's not fair to go into plot too much and ruin the film for everyone but one thing I found to be hilarious was Stiller's characters film titles and they different spoofs they did on older films...comedy at it's finest. This had to be fantastic in theaters with a bunch of other people to laugh along with cause the laughs never end the entire film. Another cool thing about the movie as well was the number of big name cameos, I mean there's a ton of them from Ted Demme,Roger Corman,Karen Black,Peter Bogdanovich and even Ron Howard. The only real question is why did it take this gem so long to hit home video? It's amazing at how many really good films go unnoticed for long periods of time. Well the good thing is you can now own this laugh a minute comic classic today. This is a must-own so bypass the rental option here as this is one film you will watch over and over and never get sick of seeing. The DVD comes packed with special features that include a commentary by Jerry Stiller and the Filmmakers,Great scenes we unfortunately left out,Bonus films from Fineman film vault and much, much more. Released by Allumination FilmWorks. ***** Out Of *****