"What Just Happened?" That might well be the response of audiences who fall asleep during Barry Levinson's film and wake to the sounds of gunfire and a whimpering pooch.
Based on noted film producer Art Linson's memoir, What Just Happened? satirises the inner workings of Hollywood, as seen through the eyes of a middle-aged producer suffering a crisis of confidence.
Robert de Niro stars as film producer Ben, embroiled in couples' separation therapy with ex-wife Kelly (Robin Wright Penn), and struggling to complete a disastrous, controversial new film.
There are a few chuckles but no laugh-out-loud moments in this film, which has taken just $2.9 million (Dh10m) at the box-office since its November 28 release.
Cameos from Sean Penn and Bruce Willis, both playing themselves, fall flat, and the credits can't roll fast enough.