The Last Shot - Review

Based on the true story of the greatest motion picture never made, "The Last Shot" shows how everybody - even the FBI - can get caught up in the allure, glamour, and glitz of Hollywood. Straight shooter agent Joe Devine (ALEC BALDWIN) has been assigned to cook up an elaborate scheme to take down infamous mob boss John Gotti. He assumes the role of a Hollywood producer and tells all the right lies to enlist a stooge to help execute his sting. He finds unsuspecting wannabe director Steven Schatz (MATTHEW BRODERICK), who'd do just about everything to get the chance to direct a "feature." Schatz falls hook, line, and sinker for the pitch, but what Devine doesn't tell Schatz is that the movie will never be made. Everything goes according to plan…until Devine and the suits at the Bureau start enjoying their new lives as "Hollywood players" a bit too much.

Washington meets Hollywood and law enforcement takes a back seat to moviemaking in this comedy featuring an amazing ensemble cast including Calista Flockhart, Toni Collette, Joan Cusack, Tim Blake Nelson, Tony Shalhoub, and Ray Liotta.


Hollywood screenwriter Steven Schats (MATTHEW BRODERICK) is on the A-List of complete failures. With visions of development deals dancing in his head, his only ambition in life is to make movies. Finally, after years of pitching his morbid screenplay to anyone with even a seventh degree of separation from a producer, he is suddenly about to join the ranks of the WGA's working roster. Which explains why he's eager to overlook the fact that Joe Devine (ALEC BALDWIN), who represents himself as the man who can green-light Steven's low-budget movie, is obviously more than a few film frames short of any box office insight.

In a town where perception is reality, and imposters outnumber unproduced screenplays two to one, Devine is not who he claims to be. In truth, he's an agent -- not of the William Morris variety -- but with the FBI, and he's on a covert mission to ferret out the mob with criminal ties to Hollywood. While hardly the sharpest tool in the crime fighting shed, Devine is as determined to be a star at the Bureau as Schats is to be one in his industry. And he's just clever enough to make the trusting screenwriter believe that at last he's on the fast track to filmmaking success, in Touchstone Pictures' comedy, "The Last Shot."


The Last Shot
Touchstone Pictures presents a Morra, Brezner, Steinberg and Tenenbaum production
In association with a Mandeville Films production
Credits:
Director-screenwriter: Jeff Nathanson
Based on an article by: Steve Fishman
Producers: Larry Brezner, David Hoberman
Executive producers: Stan Wlodkowski, Todd Lieberman
Director of photography: John Lindley
Production designer: William Arnold
Editor: David Rosenbloom
Costume designer: Gloria Gresham
Music: Rolfe Kent
Cast:
Steven Schats: Matthew Broderick
Joe Devine
Alec Baldwin
Emily French: Toni Collette
Valerie Weston: Calista Flockhart
Jack Devine: Ray Liotta
Marshal Paris: Tim Blake Nelson
Abe White: James Rebhorn
Tommy "The Black" Sanz: Tony Shalhoub
MPAA rating: R
Running time -- 93 minutes

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