Jimmy Hollywood is a 1994 American comedy film written and directed by Barry Levinson and starring Joe Pesci and Christian Slater. It was released on April 1, 1994, and was a box office bomb, grossing just $3 million against its $30 million budget.
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|Directed by||Barry Levinson|
|Produced by||Mark Johnson|
|Written by||Barry Levinson|
|Edited by||Jay Rabinowitz|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$3.8 million|
Jimmy Alto (Pesci) is a failing actor living in Los Angeles. After increasing frustration with his career going nowhere and with crime in the city, Jimmy, along with his "spaced-out" best friend William (Slater), decides to take the law into his own hands.
After losing his job as a waiter, Jimmy transforms himself into "Jericho," leader of a mock-vigilante group that videotapes criminals and then turns them over to the police. Jimmy enjoys the free publicity, anonymously, but eventually the police begin to close in on him, resulting in a tense standoff at the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre.
Rotten Tomatoes give the film a 22% approval rating from a sample of 23 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10. Roger Ebert gave the film 21⁄2 stars out of 4. Ebert praises the actors "who find the right tone for the material", but criticize the plot, which "weighs them down". He concludes "Here are characters who might have really amounted to something, and we can see the movie dying right under their feet."
Produced on a budget of $30 million, the film made less than $4 million in ticket sales.