The 2006 movie PITTSBURGH has at least four things to recommend it:
1. It stars Jeff Goldblum
2.It's an improvisational "reality comedy" about Goldblum traveling to Pittsburgh, his hometown to star in a regional production of THE MUSIC MAN.
3. I lived in Pittsburgh from 1976 to 1978 and loved it.
4. I also like THE MUSIC MAN, but have a hard time still picturing Goldblum as Harold Hill.
I just rented this offbeat little indie movie on Netflix and I found it very enjoyable. Kind of like a cross between WAITING FOR GUFFMAN and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM: it's an entirely improvised and somewhat fictionalized story, but everyone in it portrays their actual selves and the stage production is for real. The result is that rare thing: a documentary doubling as a comedy. Very funny and quirky, like Goldblum himself. See it before he falls off a New Zealand cliff.
Here's something entirely unrelated to recommend also: My friend SAM LEVINE has a blog and why shouldn't he? Sam's a talented artist, writer and voice actor all rolled into one. He is putting up pixilated pictures and funny videos, probably as we speak. Visit soon and check him out.