Jimmy Hollywood

One thing stands between Jimmy and stardom. Reality.
One thing stands between Jimmy and stardom. Reality.

JIMMY HOLLYWOOD (15)

D: Barry Levinson 
Paramount/Baltimore (Mark Johnson & Barry Levinson)
US 1994
113 mins

Comedy/Crime

W: Barry Levinson
DP: Peter Soca
Ed: Jay Rabinowitz
Mus: Robbie Robertson

Joe Pesci (Jimmy Alto / Jericho), Christian Slater (William), Victoria Abril (Lorraine de la Pena), Jason Beghe (Detective), Harrison Ford (himself)

It makes little sense that this film was released straight to video in Britain, considering writer/director Barry Levinson's pedigree (Rain Man, Bugsy), especially considering the same filmmaker had one of the biggest hits of the same year with Disclosure (qv), arguably much less entertaining than this.
In this satirical look at showbiz, Joe Pesci plays a struggling actor who spends most of his time mooching with his slacker friend, played by Christian Slater. He gains fame and notoriety, however, when he becomes a vigilante in his Hollywood neighbourhood.
The film isn't particularly memorable and the casting may not have been right for the characters, but it wasn't as big a mess as the same director's box office success released the same year, and certainly didn't deserve to go completely unnoticed.
5/10
 
Joe Pesci & Christian Slater in Jimmy Hollywood
Joe Pesci & Christian Slater in Jimmy Hollywood