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      The Independent

      R Released Nov 30, 2001 1h 35m Comedy List
      60% Tomatometer 47 Reviews 49% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings This mockumentary explores the career of independent filmmaker Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), responsible for over 400 movies. Fineman faces mounting debt, but puts his heart and remaining money into a feature film about a serial killer. He contacts his daughter, Paloma (Janeane Garofalo), to work for him, after which he tries to obtain the rights to the killer's tale. The only caveat is that the film must be a musical. Fineman, Paloma and assistant Irving embark on this strange quest. Read More Read Less

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      Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 10, 2003 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune When it's trying to be a more conventional comedy, it's mostly pretty bad. Rated: 2/4 Jul 20, 2002 Full Review Erin Meister Boston Globe A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap. Rated: 3/4 Jun 28, 2002 Full Review Beth Accomando KPBS.org Stiller should get an Oscar for his performance as Fineman and that's no joke. This is a role of a lifetime and Stiller relishes the opportunity. Aug 16, 2008 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 4/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 10, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      hardy c Among all the accolades justly given to Jerry Stiller upon his passing, this film is conspicuously missing. It is noteworthy because it is, as far as I can tell, the only feature film where Jerry starred in the lead role as an Ed Woodesque director whose schlock films bypassed DVDs and went straight into oblivion. There are plenty of star cameos but it's Stiller playing this role straight that makes it a hoot. RIP Mr. Stiller-Festivus; you have truly found "Serenity Now!" Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The Independent takes the comedic shenanigans of the lovable Jerry Stiller and makes an incredibly dull film about an independent director trying to get a budget together for one last film. Typically Jerry Stillers yelling and carrying on make for a good number of laughs but director Stephen Kessler is unable to use Stillers energy effectively and causes The Independent to be a boring look at the director not unlike himself. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I had never heard of this film until it appeared as a suggestion on Netflix, now I am pleased to have given it a chance. We've all dreamed about working in the film industry, but anyone who has actually spent months of their lives, and all of their money, making an independent film will relate to this. The film is told in a documentary style, interspersing interviews and clips from outstandingly crazy B Movies into the main narrative. I actually found myself sniggering a few times throughout, but one particular scene from an old 'Fineman Film' had me in an uncontrollable fit of laughter. All I'll say is it involves a Ben Stiller cameo in a spoof of Free Willy. That isn't the only cameo of note either as numerous Hollywood celebrities pop up to give their insight into the life of Morty Fineman. But of course the true star is Morty himself, played by a perfectly deadpan Jerry Stiller. I was not expecting much from this film, in fact I'd originally put it on as background noise, but I can safely say The Independent did what few films before have done and made me pay attention. Definitely worth a watch Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member I think that Jerry Stiller has one of the best comedic performances ever here. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member It's just plain stupid in every sense of the word, but Stiller is hilarious and the film exceeds any expectations. The scene where the reporter is interviewing Stiller and asking him about his career is one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm sick as hell and this movie still made me laugh my ass off Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis This mockumentary explores the career of independent filmmaker Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), responsible for over 400 movies. Fineman faces mounting debt, but puts his heart and remaining money into a feature film about a serial killer. He contacts his daughter, Paloma (Janeane Garofalo), to work for him, after which he tries to obtain the rights to the killer's tale. The only caveat is that the film must be a musical. Fineman, Paloma and assistant Irving embark on this strange quest.
      Director
      Stephen Kessler
      Producer
      Mike Wilkins
      Screenwriter
      Stephen Kessler, Mike Wilkins
      Distributor
      Arrow Entertainment, New City Releasing [us], Arrow Releasing Inc.
      Production Co
      United Lotus Group
      Rating
      R (Language|Some Violence|Sexuality)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 30, 2001, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 12, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $238.4K
      Runtime
      1h 35m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo