Spun from the true-life tale of two aspiring filmmakers cruelly duped by FBI
agents, writer-director Jeff Nathanson's comedy overcooks a mess of bitter barbs
directed at Hollywood's culture of self-delusion into pure, unadulterated mush.
Hoping to snare mobsters in cahoots with crooked Teamsters union officials,
agent Devine (Baldwin) devises an elaborate scam that involves pretending to
produce a movie. All he needs is a script, which poor schmo Steven Schats
(Broderick) unwittingly hands over, not realizing he is being used. Lugubrious
complications ensue, trapping a good cast (including an uncredited Joan Cusack)
in a tar pit of goopy sentiment and feeble gags.