You know I love Alec Baldwin, but even I can admit the poor guy hasn't had the best year. First, there was that very public, rage-filled voicemail for his daughter; now, on Friday the 13th — of course — his directorial debut is hitting the theaters, after more than six years of sitting dormant and Baldwin's insistence that his name be removed as director and producer.
Baldwin can pretend that someone named Harry Kirkpatrick directed the movie — which was once known as The Devil and Daniel Webster and has since been renamed Shortcut to Happiness. But he can't deny he's acting in it. Which is unfortunate, because it's being called "one of the biggest train wrecks of all time."
Despite a relatively star-studded cast (at least by 2001 standards) of Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Kim Cattrall and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the trailer does look pretty awful. It's standard bad-movie fare (trite dialogue, foregone conclusions galore) until about two-thirds of the way through, when the trial scene starts. Granted, I've never seen the original The Devil and Daniel Webster, and I don't know if there's a trial scene, but I'm sure it doesn't feature Jennifer Love Hewitt as the devil, screeching about whether Baldwin's character's soul is worth saving.
The only good news for my Alec is the movie's extremely limited release: It's only showing in Las Vegas, Rochester, NY, Fort Myers, Columbus, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Now, the question: Would any of you who live in those cities be willing to write a reader review? I'm really dying to know how it is. To watch the trailer, read more