05/25/2015  
Infected on DVD & Digital Video Jun 2See You in Valhalla on DVD May 26HeForShe Campaign Features Star-Studded Cannes ConversationDespite The Gods on DVD May 19The Gunman on Digital HD Jun 16 & Blu-ray Combo Jun 30So Bright Is the View on DVD May 26Bar Rescue: Toughest Rescues on DVD May 19

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

'The Voice' Winner Tessanne Chin sings 'I Will Always L...
Infected on DVD & Digital Video Jun 2...
See You in Valhalla on DVD May 26...
First look: Bill Murray in Netflix's "A Very Murray Chr...
'Late Show' Set Dismantled A Day After David Letterman ...
'Dancing With the Stars' Finale: Who Took Home the Gold...
Jane Fonda Admits She's 'Not Proud' of Plastic Surgery...
Everyone is missing the most important part of Louis C....
HeForShe Campaign Features Star-Studded Cannes Conversa...
Despite The Gods on DVD May 19...



Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Paramount Studios presents
Jimmy Hollywood (1994)

"You know what I could never figure out about the Mummy? The Mummy used to walk with one arm out and a leg draggin' behind him, but he was still always able get his victim. I'm thinkin' as a kid, I was pretty fast, I'd just, ya know, put some moves on the Mummy and the Mummy, he'd never get me."
- William (Christian Slater)

Review By: Kevin Clemons   
Published: October 25, 2004

Stars: Joe Pesci, Christian Slater
Other Stars: Victoria Abril
Director: Barry Levinson

MPAA Rating: R for language
Run Time: 01h:57m:41s
Release Date: October 26, 2004
UPC: 097363304845
Genre: comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
C+ DB-B D+

DVD Review

Once a sure thing in both critical and commercial success, director Barry Levinson has been on a cold streak as of late. His latest film, Envy, nearly managed to find itself as a direct-to-video release even with the star power of Jack Black, Ben Stiller, and Christopher Walken, and several of his other recent endeavors won't find themselves on his Greatest Hits list. So what has happened? Well, one could surmise that after directing the likes of Bugsy, Good Morning, Vietnam, and of course, Diner and Rain Man, Levinson was cinema's King Midas, with everything he touched earning critical and commercial gold.

But times, they do change, and by the mid-1990s Levinson was in the midst of a career slump with the release of Toys, Disclosure, and Jimmy Hollywood within a two-year span. The latter is the best of the three, though that is certainly a backhanded compliment—while the film is a mess, it is a moderately funny and nearly successful one that misses just a tad off the mark. While things will get better for Levinson—Sleepers and Wag the Dog are signs of this—it is an unfortunate necessity that we talk about his lesser times.

Jimmy Alto (Pesci) is a struggling actor with dreams of making it in show business, though his talents don't recommend him. Even with a bus stop ad proclaiming his abilities and credits he is still floundering in Hollywood, and as a way to get by he has taken to stealing from his long-suffering girlfriend, Lorraine (Abril). One night Jimmy's car stereo is stolen and along with the help of his friend William (Slater), Jimmy decides to set out and find the thief. After the thief returns to the scene of the crime, Jimmy and William capture him and turn him into the authorities, and soon Jimmy has anointed himself the leader of S.O.S. (Save Our Streets) and has taken on the alias of Jericho.

Levinson has kept with a concurrent theme through his movies that involves everyday citizens pursuing their dreams in America. The results in his previous films were successful, here it is unclear what exactly Jimmy is pursuing. Fame? No, because he would give up the alias and he would be hugely recognizable. We never realize what exactly Jimmy's ultimate goal is here, aside from perhaps a fleeting shot at celebrity, but by the time the script runs through its scattered ideas there is little left. At best guess, aside from the central thread of Jimmy chasing notoriety, we also see Levinson's take on the demoralization of the once glamorous Hollywood. It is an interesting idea, but perhaps the wrong film to portray it in.

In the end, Levinson allows each of his conflicting ideas to quash the other and his film winds up being a convoluted mess. The characters that we should care about are one-note and uninteresting. In all actuality, had Levinson decided to make a film mainly about Jimmy's fledgling career and his pursuit of a big break, it would have likely worked well enough to justify a viewing.

The script also seems to desert its characters, abandoning the personalities that are built up at the start of the film into likable characters and turning them into plot mechanizations. None of the lead characters (Jimmy, Loraine, William) have any type of original thought in their heads and are instead relegated to being trapped in a plot where the setup induces their situations rather than letting the characters expand on their own.

Rating for Style: C+
Rating for Substance: D

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for jimmy Hollywood is on par with other catalog releases from Paramount in that it is a nice transfer, but with a few flaws along the way. Sharpness and detail are generally well done with a few hints of grain coming through at times. The image does look vibrant with some deep and rich colors, though at times the brighter colors bleed a tad. Edge enhancement is noticeable throughout the middle of the picture, but it is never that distracting.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is adequate for the most part with dialogue sounding crisp and clear with no distortion. Surround use is minimal as is the use of the .1 LFE track. This is a nice, but average audio mix.

Audio Transfer Grade: B

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 28 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: RSDL

Extras Review: Aside from 28 chapter stops and some static menu images, this disc contains no extra features.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

I didn't expect much coming into Jimmy Hollywood and thankfully the film lived up to my expectations. This is a mess of a picture that gets lost along the way and turns into a seemingly average comedy about a ridiculous character in a equally ridiculous situation.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, music, memorial day concert, tessanne chin, nick fradiani, sci-fi, drama, a very murray christmas, bill murray, netflix, sophia coppola, george clooney, amy poehler, chris rock, paul shaffer, rashida jones, miley cyrus, the late show, david letterman, ed sullivan theater, taco bell, dancing with the stars, abc, rumer willis, riker lynch, noah galloway, val chmerkovskiy, celebrity, jane fonda, mile high club, plastic surgery, grace and frankie, saturday night live, louis c.k., racism, israel-palestine, movies, cannes, documentary, movie, jackie, jackie kennedy, darren aronofsky, pablo larrain, pitch perfect 2, rebel wilson, super fun night, derek hough, nastia liukin, american idol, fox, jennifer lopez, harry connick jr., keith urban, ryan seacrest, gary newman, daytime soap, general hospital, anthony geary, genie francis, frank valenti, mad max: fury road, mel gibson, george miller, tom hardy, hugh keays-byrne, charlize theron, the cw, arrow, the vampire diaries, supernatural, the originals, jane the virgin, the flash, the 100, izombie, reign, beauty and the beast, action, afc football championship game, jim mcnally, john jastremski, tom brady, bill belichick, prince, baltimore, rally 4 peace, freddie gray, 3rdeyegirl, metropolitan museum of art gala, kim kardashian, chloe sevigny, john paul gaultier, georgia may jagger, sarah jessica parker, rihanna, comedy, scifi, joss whedon, the avengers, chris evans, cris hemsworth, samuel l. jackson, scarlett johansson, jerem renner, revenge, manhattan love story, selfie, the mccarthys, the millers, gracepoint, mulaney, red band society, utopia, bad judge, dallas, 10th birthday party, kelly monaco, maks chmerkovskiy, meryl davis, hemorrhage, australia, tokyo, san francisco golden gate

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store