• The Independent (2002)

The Independent

Release Date: February 1st, 2002

DVD Release Date: September 30th, 2003

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

This mockumentary explores the career of independent filmmaker Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), responsible for over 400 movies. Fineman faces mounting debt, but puts his heart and remaining money into a feature film about a serial killer. He contacts his daughter, Paloma (Janeane Garofalo), to work for him, after which he tries to obtain the rights to the killer's tale. The only caveat is that the film must be a musical. Fineman, Paloma and assistant Irving embark on this strange quest.

Cast: Jerry Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Max Perlich, Ginger Lynn Allen, Billy Burke, Andy Dick, Fred Dryer, Ethan Embry

Director: Stephen Kessler

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: United Lotus Group

Distributors: New City Releasing [us], Arrow Entertainment, Arrow Releasing Inc.

Keywords: Daughter, 1990s, Madcap, Quest, Family, Hilarious, Prison, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Deadpan, dead-on parody of a schlockmeister at work and play. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap. show more

  • 63
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    Dumb fun is the best way to describe The Independent, and I mean that as a compliment. show more

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