• Publication date: August 10, 2009

From FBI to DVD A Group Of Agents Find Their Creative Niche, Undercover

�Rush Hour� (1998) and �The Terminal� (2004) creator Jeff Nathanson delivers 2004�s �The Last Show� starring Matthew Broderick of �Ferris Bueller's Day Off� (1986) notoriety and Alec Baldwin whose past appearances include �The Hunt for Red October� (1990) and �Beetlejuice� (1988).

�Rush Hour� (1998) and �The Terminal� (2004) creator Jeff Nathanson delivers 2004�s �The Last Show� starring Matthew Broderick of �Ferris Bueller's Day Off� (1986) notoriety and Alec Baldwin whose past appearances include �The Hunt for Red October� (1990) and �Beetlejuice� (1988). The picture is loosely based on the real life of Garland Schweickhardt, an FBI agent who ended a major bribery operation by producing a phony Hollywood film. Nathanson�s interpretation replaces dark suits with shenanigans as he mocks the absurdity of the movie industry.

Joe Devine (Baldwin) is a 1980s FBI detective determined to end a bribery scheme involving film industry union members and infamous crime boss John Gotti. After many failed attempts to infiltrate the operation, Devine proposes an unorthodox and controversial plan to his superiors. Devine suggests that the FBI fund the production of a faux motion picture and assign other agents as undercover crew members.

With skepticism Devine is given permission to begin the operation. His first step is to find both a director and a script. Posing as a knowledgeable film producer the agent approaches Steven Schats (Broderick), a movie theater usher and wannabe filmmaker who�s been shopping his drab script across Hollywood for years � to no avail. Schats is the perfect, na�ve mark for Devine; indeed, only a Hollywood newcomer would be foolish enough to believe the agent�s big shot fa�ade. A hint of Devine�s inexperience should have been deciphered by Schats when he asks his partner, �How long has your wife been in the business?� The agent quickly retorts with, �Why would I marry a whore?� mistaking the movie business for prostitution!

There were also other clues, like when Devine relocated the picture�s shooting location from Arizona to Rhode Island. This ordinarily would not be a problem, however the film is a Western, and set in the desert. Other oddities occur such as when the script calls for a cave, which is instead substituted with a small storage shed.

More problematic than filming a bad movie is that Devine and his cohorts have become so obsessed with creating the picture that they have forgotten their true goal: to crush a mob backed bribery operation. Devine and his fellow agents are also facing scrutiny from superiors, who notice that an FBI funded sting operation is transforming into a serious creative endeavor. Meanwhile Schats remains oblivious to any foul play.

�The Last Shot� is rated R for language and some sexual content. Its runtime is 93 minutes.