Hollywood North

"Good"

Hollywood North Review


Here's an idea for a Canadian movie: Canadians make a movie!

Any cinephile knows that Canada's government will gladly fund the production of just about anything a Canadian wants to produce, no matter how bad the script. All it takes is a Canadian cast, crew, and shooting in the country.

In the tradition of The Player and Living in Oblivion, Hollywood North chronicles the creation of a film in which all manner of things go awry. It starts with a beloved Canadian sitting-room novel reinvented as an action story. The leading man decides to do his own stunts, landing flat on his face after a leap from a balcony. The sexy leading lady has sex with his replacement. Money runs out... it turns out one of the crew is shooting her own film on the sly and using the production funds to buy film stock and process the development.

As cliche as Hollywood North is, it's also utterly absurd and surprisingly enjoyable for long stretches (largely thanks to Alan Bates as an eccentric star and John Neville (Baron Munchausen to you) as the director of the film-within-a-film. Leading man Matthew Modine is forgettable -- though his sideburns are ridiculous -- and Deborah Unger (playing the sneak) relies on her charm to carry her part of the film -- which actually drives the bulk of the story.

Of course, North ends up as so utterly dumb you can't help but care little about how its satire ends up, which is predictably in utter chaos. While Oblivion had a sense of nudge-nudge style and finesse, North is so obsessed with the Canadian insider scene and telling corny, '80s-infused jokes that you ultimately can't help but feel a little sorry for this movie.



Hollywood North

Facts and Figures

Run time: 89 mins

In Theaters: Monday 12th January 2004

Budget: $500 thousand

Distributed by: First Look Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Peter O'Brian

Producer:

Starring: as Bobby Myers, as Sandy Ryan, as Gillian Stevens, as Peter Casey, as Michael Baytes, Joe Cobden as Howard Atkins, as Henry Neville

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.