Rating: 2 stars
What Just Happened? is the kind of film that presupposes we want to hang out with a stressed out Hollywood producer who’s having a few very bad days.
Films like this can work—when they’re hilariously funny or rife with fresh insights—but What Just Happened? is only mildly funny and, if you’ve ever seen The Player, State and Main, or watched a single episode of Entourage, its insights are few and far between.
Still, it’s nice to see Robert DeNiro playing a real character, not a parody of himself. He’s Ben, the Hollywood producer (he’s about to be featured in Vanity Fair’s 25 Most Powerful in Hollywood issue) who’s been feeling rather powerless lately.
For starters, he’s got two ex wives—he’s even in couple’s therapy with the second (Robin Wright Penn), although it’s not to get back together, it’s to make the breakup more palatable (now that’s a good joke).
Meanwhile, his Sean-Penn-headlined action thriller just tanked at a screening because the whiny, drug-addled, would...