What Just Happened?

2008 R 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD

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What Just Happened?

2008 R 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD
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A harried film producer juggles a lunatic director, a temperamental actor and an out-of-control production while courting a studio head and dealing with his ex in director Barry Levinson's witty and poignant exploration of the movie business.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.39:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this mature showbiz satire -- which depicts the ups and downs of a Hollywood producer -- includes scenes in which prescription drugs are passed around as cavalierly as breath mints, and a major subplot revolves around sexual jealousy. A major character, who has completed rehab, falls off the wagon, and the film-within-a-film that the producer is working to save features gory gun violence (as well as a discussion of how much violence is too much on screen). There's also lots of strong language (including "f--k" and derivations thereof) and several brands referenced or on display.

Sexual Content

A single naked breast is seen; kissing; discussions of sex and infidelity.


Gun violence is repeatedly seen in a film-within-the-film -- including blood, a human being shot, and a dog being shot; scuffling; destructive rages involve furniture being thrown/damaged.


Frequent strong language, including "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "balls," "ass," "p---y," a--hole," "bollocks," "pricks," "bitch," and more.

Social Behavior

A character discusses spending time in rehab and then falling off the wagon. A character is going through marriage counseling with his wife. Corrupt and coarse behavior is depicted. A supporting character commits suicide. Satirizes the media industry, with some broad/generalized characterizations.


Many show business entities and corporations are mentioned, like Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and Columbia Pictures; brands like Porsche, Vicodin, Red Bull, Klonopin, The Red Cross and more are also referenced.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink hard liquor, wine, and beer and smoke cigarettes and cigars. One reference to Ecstasy being taken. Extensive mention of the abuse of prescription drugs, with a lead character acquiring them illicitly to help placate a nervy director.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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