Two starts for Spacey. 1 for Del Toro. I've always been a fan of the film and re-watching it was a pleasant surprise. It's a $700,000 movie shot in 18 days and it shows. Huang is not much of a director but he did get the script and cast right, which is 90% of it. A must see for anyone working in the entertainment industry.
Following Altman's The Player, Swimming With Sharks presents another biting swipe at the inner workings of Hollywood. Penned by former insider George Huang, the result is a darkly comic thriller, intelligently structured with plenty of quotable moments. If anything it's perhaps a little over-written but it's wicked entertainment and Spacey may never have been better.
Huang's knowing and acerbic script still has the power to entertain. Spacey was never better than as Buddy Akerman the ultimate boss from hell. Whaley was great as the assistant pushed too far. Film failed at the box office but quickly became a cult item. 'Shut up, listen, and learn' became one of my fav film quotes for some time after seeing this. Though it took place in the film industry the story was universal.