Dangerous Company While it's easy to understand why Miramax's publishing division would buy a debut fiction collection from "Variety" editor Peter Bart, innocent readers need not follow… Dangerous Company While it's easy to understand why Miramax's publishing division would buy a debut fiction collection from "Variety" editor Peter Bart, innocent readers need not follow… Fiction
Book Review

Dangerous Company (Fall 2003)

EW's GRADE
D

Details Writer: Peter Bart; Genre: Fiction

While it's easy to understand why Miramax's publishing division would buy a debut fiction collection from ''Variety'' editor Peter Bart, innocent readers need not follow suit. His stories read like studio coverage of cliche-ridden scripts, padded with dialogue that sounds the same no matter what straw figure is speaking (both a movie-star lothario and the flight attendant he hits on refer to her as a ''stew''). When not merely laughable, Bart's scenarios are surprisingly implausible (a lesbian production chief using gay epithets) and error-laden (a director flying to L.A. to meet with New York-based Sony Classics). And despite rare throwaway lines like ''Sly Stallone has had more work done than Joan Rivers,'' ''Company'' is less dishy than disheveled.

Originally posted Nov 28, 2003 Published in issue #739 Nov 28, 2003 Order article reprints
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