Picks and Pans Review: The Last Shot
Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Joan Cusack, Toni Collette, Tony Shalhoub
No one is immune from the lure of Hollywood. That's the joke at the big heart of this enjoyable tale of what happens when the FBI enters the movie business as part of a sting operation to nab a mobster. Loosely based on a true story, the film has a veteran FBI agent (Baldwin) pose as a Hollywood producer. Soon he is so caught up in the glamor and creative challenges of putting together a low-budget movie that he nearly loses sight of his real purpose.
Directed by a first-timer, Jeff Nathanson (a screenwriter on Rush Hour and Catch Me If You Can), The Last Shot is a shaggy little picture that deserves to find an audience. It is clever, funny and full of droll performances. Particularly notable are Broderick as a fledgling director convinced he is finally getting his big break and Collette as a self-dramatizing diva who lands the sham film's starring role. (R)