The Shot

on February 02, 1996 by Rick Schultz
   One thing the world doesn't need is another in-bred, low-budget comedy about frustrated people trying to make it in Hollywood. Or so one would have thought. Writer/director/actor Dan Bell is able to stake out his own small piece of seedy Hollywood turf with "The Shot."
   Filmed in 14 days for $40,000, "The Shot" follows two frustrated thespians, Dern Reel (Bell) and Patrick St. Patrick (Michael Rivkin) as they make the screentown rounds. David Egoman (Paul Robertson), a crass but successful action director, represents an insult to the duo's lofty artistic aims, so they decide to steal his latest opus and destroy it.
   Bell displays a knowing feel for the sweaty Hollywood underbelly, and he has the good sense to keep the jokes flying about people who take themselves too seriously. The leads are fine, and there's an especially memorable turn by Vincent Ward ("Map of the Human Heart") as a British writer relentlessly claiming that Egoman stole his line, "Look at me now," for his action hero. Though Bell's budget occasionally shows, he gets by on brio.    Starring Dan Bell, Michael Rivkin and Jude Horowitz. Directed and written by Dan Bell. Produced by Jude Horowitz and Sherrie Rose. A Bread and Water release. Comedy. Not yet rated. Running time: 84 min.
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