This fictional account of the personal and professional travails of a hotshot film director, played by Donald Sutherland, is partly admirable, partly realized, but also partly dull and somewhat deja vu to boot.
Sutherland is brought to a big studio after what must be presumed to be the sort of flop d’estime that has uncovered many a real-life counterpart. With wife, played superbly by Ellen Burstyn, and children, Meg Mazursky and Glenna Sargent, Sutherland attempts to retain his integrity amid the trappings of fame and too-expensive Beverly Hills living accommodations.
Shortly into the film, however, Sutherland’s character becomes as secondary as the various vignettes become all-too-overpowering. Perhaps Sutherland’s man never had much to begin with.