It may not be the most pointed, hilarious, or dramatic satire of the Hollywood film industry, but even if Barry Levinson and Art Linson's What Just Happened
never really soars to the scathing heights of something like Swimming with Sharks
, it nevertheless holds the unique distinction of being the first film where the two main dramas are 1) will a dog get shot in the head, and 2) will a man shave his beard.
The story gets under way as harried producer Ben (Robert De Niro) prepares to take part in a Vanity Fair cover shoot featuring some of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. In the wake of a disastrous test screening for his lates...