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.