Director: Casey Affleck. Cast (as themselves): Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Edward James Olmos, Ben Stiller. 108 min. Rated R. Documentary.
An ingenious step in "mockumentary" filmmaking. Directed by brother-in-law Casey Affleck, the film documents Joaquin Phoenix's resignation from acting and his self-destructive transformation into a hip-hop artist, with critics in tears for what a tragedy it portrays. But when you consider this is most likely Phoenix's incredibly elaborate hoax for self-promotion, his temper tantrums and bouts of cursing heaven and hell becomes unbelievably funny. The even more audacious act, is that Phoenix complains everybody thinks this is a hoax! My only problem: Phoenix is not at such caliber to devastate anybody for quitting acting. So the hoax won't work.