Hollywoodland

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Released 2006

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Director:
Allen Coulter
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Hollywoodland is a 2006 drama about the fictional investigation surrounding the true-life death of actor George Reeves (Ben Affleck). Louis Simo (Adrien Brody) is a private eye who is estranged from his family. While visiting his son one day, Simo learns about the death of George Reeves, a fading actor whose career took off after he was hired to portray Superman. According to police reports, Reeves committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. When Simo talks to a friend in the police force, however, he learns that the police do not completely buy the story that Reeves killed himself. Seeing an opportunity to make a name for himself, Simo decides to investigate the case. He learns that Reeves had a falling out with his mistress, Toni Mannix (Diane Lane) and began seeing a much younger woman, Leonore Lemmon (Robin Tunney). Both women had good reason to see Reeves dead, but Simo struggles to find evidence that either is guilty. Hollywoodland is a film that shows that even when your dreams come true, you can still be unhappy.moreless

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This overly derivative motion picture thinks it is doing and saying more than it is. Instead, it ends up as little more than a reasonable facsimile of the real thing, despite a sub...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    First-time scripter Paul Bernbaum's framing story, designed to stir up suspicion that George Reeves was a murder victim rather than a suicide, unfortunately proves far less intrigu...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Ben Affleck has packed on the pounds, slipped on some tights and given this exasperating film far more than it gives in return.

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