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Excellent meta-movie about Jean Claude Van Damme.

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Giving a Van Damme

  • Mar 15, 2009
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"Central to Unit 27. Jean-Claude Van Damme's robbing a post office. I need back-up."

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Jean- Claude Van Damme's getting no respect
2. It's so bad that even Steven Seagal steals a movie role from him
3. "The Muscles" returns to Brussels where at least everyone knows his name
4. His cash-strapped position leads him to the post office
5. People go postal
6. He's misunderstood once again
7. He gets no respect, except from the people watching this movie.

Van Damme is brilliant playing a down and out version of himself, as he suffers the heartbreak of a custody battle, the indignity of a shortage of cash, and worse of all, the loss of the lead role in a B movie to Steven Seagal.

Speaking about his life, his wives and his career, he shows that he's quite willing to take pot shots at himself, and why not? Almost everybody does at one time or another.

From the opening action scene, which is to die (laughing) for, to the tense conclusion and nonsensical wrap-up, this is a new side of JCVD, and I think I like it.

Amanda Richards, March 14, 2009

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review by . February 22, 2011
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*** out of ****     Don't you love it when a crummy actor is given one moment of true glory? That moment of glory, for actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, is the film "JCVD". Throughout his career, Van Damme has starred in various generic action films; all of which have been forgettable and ultimately convoluted. It's almost kind of strange how this film doesn't mimic or mock the quality of his other films. No, this film is better than that. It features Van Damme playing a semi-fictitious …
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JCVD is just what all the other reviews claim, it's a tour de force for Jean-Claude Van Damme The Actor. If you're renting this expecting anything at all in the way of action then you are going to be extremely disappointed because apart from the opening scene which turns out to be a scene from a movie he is supposedly filming, there is a total of two kicks, an elbow, and maybe a punch. I think that perhaps as Van Damme nears 50 he's realized that his career as an action star is …
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JCVD is a French crime film directed by French-Algerian director Mabrouk El Mechri, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as himself, a down-and-out action star whose family and career are crumbling around him as he's caught in the middle of a post office heist in his hometown of Brussels, Belgium.
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