Friday February 2, 1996
"The Shot" is yet another largely inept and rarely funny no-budget tale of a couple of wannabe actors (Dan Bell, Michael Rivkin) so desperate to make it in Hollywood and on the verge of homelessness that they steal the work print of a movie about to open with the idea of holding it ransom. (This gimmick is not made especially convincing.)
Bell and Rivkin are not without ability, but the whole L.A. grunge scene has been depicted so often--and much better--that there's really no point in seeing the film unless you're a friend or relative of those involved in its making.
It's one of those pictures in which the actors look to be having more fun in making the movie than we are in watching it. Bell also wrote and directed the film, which he adapted from his 1989 play; apparently "The Shot" was more effective--and apparently substantially different--onstage. Dana Carveymakes a cameo appearance.
The Shot, 1996. Unrated. Writer-director Dan Bell. Producer Jude Horowitz. Cinematographer Alan Caudillo. Editor Kevin Greutert. Costumes Mari-An Ceo. Music Dan Sonis. Production designer Diamond Jim Braverman. Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes. Dan Bell as Dern Reel. Michael Rivkin as Patrick St. Patrick. Mo Gaffney as Sheila Ricks. Michael DeLuise as Bob Mann.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times