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The Deal

1 h 40 min200818+
A down-and-out film producer agrees to make his nephew's film about 19th century English statesman Benjamin Disraeli, but can only get financing if he casts a well-known action star. Production is halted however, when the lead actor is kidnapped, so the producer hatches a scheme with a struggling creative executive to save the star and the movie.
Steven Schachter
William H. MacyMeg RyanLL Cool J
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3.9 out of 5 stars

116 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 15% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 12% of reviews have 1 stars
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tigerlilleReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Film about film making, Hollywood style, that is lively, dry and witty
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When I saw the overall undeservedly low rating this film has received, I had to write a review and put in my 2¢ worth. The Deal is a film about film making, a spoof on Hollywood, and is really very amusing in a dry and witty manner. William Macy plays a down and out film producer who posseses a very short attention span, but once he becomes committed to a project, his heart of gold is revealed. Meg Ryan plays an aspiring producer, who operates under the misapprehension that her integrity and loyalty will be rewarded. She initially views the Macy characters' lying, manipulation and overall schmoozing with contempt, but after watching him in action for awhile, comes to recognize him as a master of cutting through the crap and getting things done in an efficient manner, without a lot of drama, a rare ability in Hollywood. The Macy & Meg characters partner together when their action film is shut down, and use the remaining funds to produce a film of quality. The plot and dialogue are spirited, intelligent and amusing. The acting is excellent. Some of the people who have previously reviewed the film objected to the low life and shady characters portrayed, but I didn't perceive it that way. The Macy character had a real knack for using the skills of the people surrounding him in an extremely effective manner, and all the people working on the "good" movie were committed to creating a good product. There were some "colorful" characters, but none of them were "disgusting". Anyone who works in the real world will recognize the various personality types presented, and there is nothing to be gained by being judgemental. It is a fun movie, about real people, with genuinely interesting character development. One drawback, unfortunately, was Meg Ryan's face. She evidently has had some work done, and in some shots she looked almost haggard.
8 people found this helpful
Greg BusseyReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A dud
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The premise seemed promising but I couldn't connect with any of the actors. They just didn't sell their characters. Or maybe the director was a dud. But without any empathy for the characters, we're left with nothing but juvenile vulgarity. Maybe it got better further on but I gave up after 15 minutes. Not funny, not cute, not cathartic, not interesting. Not worth my time.
2 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Look at what I found.....a comedic Gem.
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What a shocker....I love finding these little virtually unknown movies that once I watch them, I love, love, love them. Here is one such movie. We get William H Macy (at his comical dry best) as a Hollywood producer who can't do a thing right. We have his nephew (Jason Ritter) who is a screenwriter and has written a very serious movie and show it to his uncle who completely changes everything and then what follows are the wheeling and dealing that has to exemplify Hollywood. Well, along comes Meg Ryan to make sure that he stays within the guidelines and budget and sparks fly...well, eventually. A great cast, a great director, great editing and that wonderful snappy and very humorous dialog that comes fast and furious.
7 people found this helpful
CyberbroncoReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow! Where was this gem hiding? Meg and Macy!
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What a great comedy and romance. I didn't think Meg Ryan had made anything this recent that was so good. She was her usual terrific self. William H Macy plays a great part as a down and out film producer who gets his hopes up one last time. Jason Ritter is delightful. This was fun, and I never heard of it before (I'm writing this 12 years after its release.) They should make a sequel.
AaylaReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Where has this been hiding?
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I do not remember ever hearing about or seeing anything about this jewel of a film. I was prepared for it to be pretty stupid and inane. What a surprise! It is clever, sweet, funny and interesting. All the actors do a great job telling the story which is a little reminiscent of State and Main (another gem of a film). I enthusiastically recommend this movie.
batpoxReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great find!
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Well written, imaginative, great actors. I had never even heard of it. a witty comedy. Meg Ryan steps out of her typecast role and is great! And Macy, well, he's superb as ever.
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OligonicellaReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tolerably enjoyable
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A film neither lead actor should put front and foremost. It's at best a mild amusement and yet another movie about Hollywood making movies Watch it if you have some handwork to do as it's not at all riveting.
meReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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This was a definite CAN'T WATCH IT. Sound quality is horrible, acting horrible, editing horrible, character and story building horrible, just horribly unpleasant to watch. I don't know how anyone can give this a good review.
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