A Comedy of Theatrical Errors
Release Date: April 22, 2011
Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Don Stark,
Caroline Aaron, Julian Bailey,
Melinda McGraw, Jesse Plemons,
Jill Marie Jones, Mark
Harelik, William Morgan
Sheppard, Brian McGovern
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 86 minutes
Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Executive Producer: Chien Ya Chin
Producer: Georger G. Braunstein
Writer: Andrew Kole, Andrew
Delaplaine, Scott Kasdin
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When Harris Chappell (Jeffrey Tambor) returns to New York after multiple big-budget Hollywood duds, he finds that getting his next play produced may not be as easy a task as he had hoped. Reuniting with his old lover, Didi (Melinda McGraw), at a restaurant known for its high-powered theatre clientele, Harris sets out to secure financing and his lead actor – all in the span of one evening.
As dinner progresses, Harris’ schemes go awry as he deals with a financier who may not be all he seems, an egotistical actor who finagles for more creative control, a producing partner who accuses Harris of fraud, a former lover who longs for his acceptance, a self-involved theatrical agent looking to pin Harris down for her next big deal, and a nosy reporter looking for her next big story at Harris’ expense.
With the help of his new, young protégé Spencer (Jesse Plemons), Harris must navigate all of these colorful characters while keeping both the creative integrity of his theatrical masterpiece and his career intact.
MEETING SPENCER touts itself as a farce, full of smart witty dialogue and comedic situations. Admittedly, it follows in the structural vein of farce, but it lacks the high-concept hilarity of a true, Restoration-style farce. The actors are all very good, and Jeffrey Tambor is always a delight. That said, the situations, while cute, are not quite funny. The movie tends to develop slowly. The plot lacks true, comedic pacing, and there is never a true sense of jeopardy even amidst the entire crisis.
There are some cautionary elements about which media-wise audiences may want to be aware. The movie has a strong pagan worldview with immoral characters who bribe and blackmail their way throughout the story. It also contains some references to homosexual characters and homosexual content as well as sexual dialogue throughout the movie and a lot of foul language.
All in all, MEETING SPENCER is funny, but it could have been so much funnier.
MEETING SPENCER touts itself as a farce, full of witty dialogue and comedic situations. Admittedly, it follows the structure of a farce, but it lacks the high-concept hilarity of a true, Restoration-style farce. The actors are very good. That said, the situations, while cute, are not quite funny. Also, there’s never a true sense of jeopardy. Finally, MEETING SPENCER has about 30 obscenities and profanities, some lewd dialogue, homosexual references, and a strong pagan worldview with immoral characters who bribe and blackmail their way throughout the story.