Starring David Hyde Pierce
Directed and Written by Philip Euling
This mockumentary pokes fun at the stress and chaotic lifestyle of a hollywood manager. It touches on a number of stereotypes - for example, a hollywood manager is ALWAYS too busy to take your calls. Pierce shows what managers are really doing when they say they are too busy. Also, the film touches on the idea that managers are nothing but ass kissers. Pierce pretends to have read a script and labels it shit, but when his associate/client shows interest, his opinion - which was artificial to begin with - changes to meet the other's interest. With such a hectic lifestyle, Pierce only finds time to sleep on set.
Part of it feels really disconcerting, though. For example, Pierce turns down a script marked "consider," but with no money attached, the manager doesn't even read it. Furthermore, he tells others that he did read it, he fought for it, but it just couldn't go to the next level. Its distressing that someone's blood, sweat and tears that went into creating a script gets literally tossed aside.
Like most everything else in this mockumentary, however, its important to remember that each example is exaggerated to make fun of these stereotypes of hollywood's cutthroat business. David Hyde Pierce is a great actor to play this role because it is so similar to his character on Frasier. His humor is more about timing than it is about content and so this role works well.
I also like to think that, as an actor himself with a manager to boot, it must have been fun to switch the roles for a day and mock the trials and tribulations of his manager.