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Enemies of Laughter (2000)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 9 November 2000 (USA)
Enemies tells the story of a playwright and sitcom writer Paul Halpern (Academy Award Nominee David Paymer) who can't buy a break!

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Joey Travolta

Writer:

Glen Merzer

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Paymer ... Paul
Judge Reinhold ... Sam
Rosalind Chao ... Carla
Peter Falk ... Paul's Father
Bea Arthur ... Paul's Mother
Christina Fulton Christina Fulton ... Regina
Marilu Henner ... Dani
Paul Sampson ... The Waiter
Glen Merzer Glen Merzer ... Josh
Leila Kenzle ... Woman #1
Kathy Griffin ... Cindy
Daphne Zuniga ... Judy
Vanessa Angel ... Jennifer
Shera Danese ... Helen
Lili Barsha Lili Barsha ... Woman #2
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Enemies tells the story of a playwright and sitcom writer Paul Halpern (Academy Award Nominee David Paymer) who can't buy a break!

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy lúzer naplója See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,000, 10 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,000, 31 December 2001
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Sferrazza Productions See more »
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Color
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Very good satire with David Paymer...
6 August 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

After having seen him in "Quiz Show" and many other interesting performances, it was a change to see him in this comedic satire about the Hollywood film industry. Judge Reinhold is a fictitious director, making a documentary about Paymer's character.

Look for Peter Falk and Bea Arthur as Paymer's parents, commenting dryly on his career as an actor. Marilu Henner is also amusing, as well as Rosalind Cho. The film is a sort of "non-reality satire of reality"; the self-aggrandizement and facades of living and working in the Hollywood community.

There is also a brief cameo with Billy Hayes (writer of "Midnight Express") who laughingly says he would rather be in a Turkish prison again, than watch Paymer on stage. There are also a few amusing scenes with pretentious producers, quirky actors, and self-absorbed writers.

If you like this movie, you may also enjoy "Swimming with Sharks", starring Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley. It is always nice to see Hollywood poke fun at its pretentiousness, when the humor is intelligent and telling. 9/10.


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