The Independant

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  • R
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • 5.9  (1,363)
  • 52

The Independent is a comedy film released in the year 2000. The movie follows the life of Morty Fineman (played by Jerry Stiller), a veteran B-movie maker who has been expelled from Hollywood due to his eccentric ideas on film. Morty is determined to prove to the industry that he is still relevant and is in no mood to retire just yet. He has been desperately trying to raise money to finance his latest project, a movie called "Mrs. Lift."

However, Morty's efforts have been in vain, and he has not been able to secure the funds he needs. To make matters worse, his wife (played by Janeane Garofalo) is on the verge of leaving him as he has been ignoring her for his obsession with the world of cinema. Morty is also struggling to cope with a changing industry where his style of movies has become obsolete.

Morty's last hope is to attend the New York Film Festival, where he hopes to find a distributor for his movie. At the festival, he meets a young executive from a small-time independent film company who shows some interest in his work. Morty is ecstatic and is ready to sign on the dotted line when he discovers that the executive wants to change his movie's name, cast, and storyline.

Morty is adamantly opposed to the changes and rejects the offer. He decides to take matters into his own hands and make the movie himself. Morty rallies his old crew, including his loyal assistant (played by Max Perlich), and sets out to create his masterpiece.

The movie delves into the world of independent filmmaking and the struggles that filmmakers face when trying to bring their vision to life. The Independent is a heartwarming comedy that showcases the passion and dedication that filmmakers have for their craft. It is a movie that will resonate with those who appreciate the art of cinema and the power it holds.

One of the movie's selling points is the appearance of numerous famous actors in cameo roles, including Ron Howard, Roger Corman, and Karen Black. These appearances add a layer of authenticity to the movie and make it more enjoyable for film buffs.

Jerry Stiller gives a splendid performance as Morty Fineman, the veteran B-movie maker with a heart of gold. He brings his unique style of humor to the role and creates a character that viewers will root for. Janeane Garofalo's portrayal of Morty's neglected wife is also noteworthy. Garofalo brings a raw emotion to the character and manages to convey the frustration and sadness that comes with being in a relationship with someone who is always preoccupied with their work.

Max Perlich provides comic relief as the long-suffering assistant who is Morty's only ally in his quest to make "Mrs. Lift." His deadpan delivery and comedic timing are impeccable and add to the overall lightheartedness of the movie.

The film's soundtrack is also noteworthy, featuring songs from various independent artists. The music helps to set the mood and gives the movie a hipster vibe that is in line with the indie film scene it portrays.

In conclusion, The Independent is a must-watch movie for fans of comedy and independent cinema. It is a movie that will make you laugh, root for the underdog, and ultimately leave you feeling good. The film is a testament to the power of creativity and the spirit of never giving up on your dreams.

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