Thursday, March 24, 2005

Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before

If you're hell-bent on seeing a movie with a copy editor as the main character, and you like crap, you have your wish.

"Happy Hour"
sounds terrible, and it probably is. It stars Anthony LaPaglia:
LaPaglia plays Tulley, an over-the-hill Manhattan writer slumming as an advertising copy editor while cobbling together a novel -- presumably his magnum opus. Tulley lives bitterly in the shadow of his condescending father -- a famous author -- and nocturnally drowns his miseries in booze alongside Levine (Eric Stoltz), a rooster-plumed dandy whom the hardboiled Tulley has inexplicably befriended and Natalie (Carolyn Feeney), a sassy schoolteacher who he hops into bed with the night they meet.
I just heard about this movie, but it appears to have been released last year. It's still making the film festival rounds, though, so if you're dedicated, you may be able to catch it.

UPDATE: And while we're talking about movies, Naomi Watts' character in the recently released "Ring 2" is a reporter no more. The review in the Baltimore Sun describes her as:
an erstwhile careerist who has moved from Seattle to Astoria, Ore., and taken a copy-editing job at The Daily Astorian so she can spend more time with her son Aidan (David Dorfman).
Copy editors as the discontented. Love it.


At 3:38 PM, March 24, 2005, Blogger Bill said...

Advertising copy editor? Is there such an animal? Sounds to me like the reverse of the common misapprehension that what we do is "copywriting," which is an advertising job.

At 4:27 PM, March 24, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Advertising agencies have copy editors. I happen to know one.


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