George Clooney, Grant Heslov
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Half reality-show, half mockumentary, this entirely improvised series chronicles the intertwining lives of three actors trying to make it big in Hollywood.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Interesting; entertaining; hilarious; innovative Ė all appropriate words that can be used to describe UNSCRIPTED. Iíd like to call it a mockumentary, but itís so much different that anything weíve seen of that genre that it would be unfair to label it as such. The show isnít exactly a reality show, but it is made up of the real-life events (and incidents) of three up-and-coming actors (who are essentially playing themselves). Itís a little strange to watch, especially with the knowledge that whatís happening isnít real, as close to the truth as it may be. That probably explains why it was cancelled. Americans donít like experiencing something different. Well, Iím here to tell you to ignore your whatever biases you may have of this non-reality show, and actually take the time to learn about and respect these people and what they go through to hit the big time.
How much you will like this show almost fully depends on how much you can connect with (or simply appreciate) the three main actors. I personally did not like Jennifer Hall, not because there was anything wrong with her per se, but because she didnít seem to actually grow at all throughout the show. Bryan Greenberg and Krista Allen, however, both enveloped a true sense of rising-and-falling in their attempts at stardom, whereas Hall just sort of hovers at the bottom at all times.
Most of the episodes from this series are equally as uncomfortable as they are funny, if not more so, which will quickly determine how much you will be able to get out of it. At times, the stuff the characters/actors deal with is actually quite harrowing, which makes the show that much more compelling when they are able to overcome their problems. However, the real selling point of the show lies in its intelligent humor, which will tear you between deciding whether to feel sadness or whether to laugh your ass off. Take for example an excited co-star/actor of the show, who after many attempts, finally gets cast in a commercial, only to later find itís for genital warts medication. Ah, great stuff.
The only extras available are Previews for all but one of the ten episodes.
Probably the most interesting thing about UNSCRIPTED is that, as the title implies, the whole show is improvised. There are no written lines of dialogue, and all the scenes are quickly formed based on real life incidents of the actors and itís creators (George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh). Itís creative, entertaining, awkward, and, at times, extremely funny. I canít say Iím surprised it was cancelled, but hopefully its ten episodes can finally shine with this DVD release.