Set in the 1930s, the film follows Bobby (Eisenberg), a young New Yorker who travels to Los Angeles to work for his uncle Phil (Carell), a prominent Hollywood agent. In L.A. Bobby meets and falls for Phil’s secretary Vonnie (Stewart), who, unfortunately, is already taken.
Returning home, Bobby gets a job at his gangster brother Ben (Corey Stoll)’s nightclub where he becomes enthralled by New York’s high society.
Saw this little puppy on the plane to Seattle. I say that because it’s a film I wouldn’t normally watch (probably watched too many Woody Allen ‘help me, I’m quirky’ movies) but Jesse Eisenberg and Steve Carell made this all rather watchable. That is, until the end, which I found rather unsatisfying, but maybe that’s just me.
All in all, a rather enjoyable couple of hours. Certianly not Woody at his best, but a fun ride, just the same.
Verdict: A fun waste of time ***
This film will be shown at The Harbour Club, Portscatho on Monday 2nd January