This was a genuine surprise - Henry Phillips, a loser comedy musician
and proud of it, plays himself in a film that has more going for it
that most - firstly, it is actually funny, rather than just meh, it has
some excellent sight gags, sharp one-liners, and a script that uses his
road tales and converts them into something more. On top of this is an
actual plot of LA life (and of the horrors of big commerce trying to
seduce him into monetizing his life). Hey, we see what you did there
All in all, this is a small, intimate film that captures its Garry Shandler, Larry David, Walter Matthau vibe and gets better as it goes along. With loads of cameos and a nice sensibility, this is an easy film to recommend - it's low down without being mean about it - and it actually gets its laughs right.
Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA by renowned TV producer Jay Warren, who wants to make a show about the life of a struggling performer. When Jay sees Henry bomb at a local club, he is convinced that this story must be told. With the support of his longtime musician friend Jillian, and his well-meaning but sub-par manager Ellen Pinsky, Henry endures the ups and downs of LA living, and even secures what appears to be the Hollywood dream. But as a major TV network gets involved, he must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes, or become the butt of them.
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