5.7/10
24,717
113 user 135 critic

What Just Happened (2008)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer who's having a rough time trying to get his new picture made.

Director:

Writers:

, (book)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ben
...
...
...
...
...
Kelly (as Robin Wright Penn)
...
...
Zoe
...
...
Pollster (as Jason Kravitz)
...
Johnny
Remy K. Selma ...
Jimmy (as Remy Selma)
...
Studio Marketing Guy
...
Dawn
...
Carl
Edit

Storyline

A week in the life of Ben, a powerful Hollywood producer, as he juggles negotiations with a studio head so that his newest picture can open at Cannes in two weeks, with a high-strung director who must make edits to the film, with an actor and his agent because the star has arrived on the set of a new picture with a full beard, and with his most recent ex-wife, Kelly, whom he discovers may have a lover. He also notices that his 17-year old daughter, from another marriage, has probably been crying. What's up? Can Ben keep it all together, get the green light from the studio to go to Cannes, move his new picture past the beard crisis, and maybe return to Kelly's good graces? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hollywood | cannes | beard | agent | actor | See All (118) »

Taglines:

If it happened in any other movie you wouldn't believe it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violent images, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What Just Happened?  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,508, 19 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,090,947, 18 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,291,679
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The reunion between Director Barry Levinson and Robert De Niro was eleven years after Wag the Dog (1997) (which also featured a Hollywood producer as a major character) and twelve years after Sleepers (1996). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Vanity Fair named me as one of the 30 most powerful producers in the business. Power is an elusive term, but in Hollywood it's everything, I don't care what they say, you either have it, want it, or you're afraid of losing it. Where you stand at these things, or who you may be standing next to, may not seem like the most important thing, but it *really* matters.
See more »

Connections

References The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Poor Boy
Written and Performed by Nick Drake
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
I saw what just happened there.
30 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

The film is certainly enjoyable, and has several laugh-out-loud moments. However, like the film within the film, What Just Happened? feels too long. As a filmmaker myself, I really enjoyed this film, but I am afraid that much of the appeal will be missing in a general audience. A producer trying to change Bruce Willis' mind is pretty funny, but how funny is it to a non-producer or a non-Bruce-Willis? The performances, are, of course, outstanding. The entire cast is composed of nearly uncriticizable actors who are superb in any role they attempt. If you have an interest in how films come to be, this is a fun little flick. If you don't care about the behind-the-scenes, you may want to sit this one out.


51 of 76 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 113 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Academy Awards Anarchy With Jordan Horowitz

La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz recounts the moment his movie was mistakenly awarded an Oscar. Plus, "The IMDb Show" finds out who your celebrity doppelgangers are.

Watch now