"The only reason I took part in this movie was because someone said you were tight with Quentin Tarantino."
- Chad Palomino (JAMES LE GROS), to director Nick Reves (STEVE BUSCEMI).
Rolling Stone - 07/13/1995
"...An irresistible blend of mirth and malice....The cast is comic perfection..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/16/1996
"...DiCillo's love of moviemaking...extends...over everything..." -- Rating: A-
Variety - 01/30/1995
"An amusing, cunningly structured look at the perils of film production, LIVING IN OBLIVION is an inside joke with a generosity of heart and humor..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/21/1995
"...A clever and consistently funny inside-movies comedy....OBLIVION is an intricately constructed film-within-a-film..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/25/1995
"...DiCillo shows that what happens around a movie can often be funnier than the actual film..."
Uncut - 02/01/2008 5 stars out of 5 -- "It remains perhaps the most honest, insightful film about filmmaking ever..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2008
"Small, smart and still exquisitely funny, LIVING IN OBLIVION is the pick of the offbeat comedies DiCillo has been popping out since the mid-1990s..."
A director of a low-budget independent film (Steve Buscemi) faces every conceivable setback during one chaotic day of filming in this brilliant and accurate satire. His glamour-boy star (James LeGros) seduces half the crew, his insane mother returns from the asylum, his cinematographer and assistant director have a fierce lovers' spat, and the dwarf he hired to surrealize a dream sequence rebels. Plus, the fog machine keeps acting up. Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Filmmaker Nick Reve has only one thing on his mind: completing his low-budget, independent film. That may sound simple, but every day is a challenge. Take this morning, for example, which has already gotten off to a terrible start. First, his star players, egotistical heart-throb Chad Palomino and insecure but gifted Nicole, aren't getting along. It seems they haven't recovered from their bad one-night stand. Nick's tough assistant director Wanda has just broken it off with her cameraman beau Wolf, so he's in a rotten mood, too. And the technicians can't get the equipment working. To top it all off, Nick's mentally impaired mother has escaped from her rest home and walked onto the set. It's one of those days where Murphy's Law reigns supreme... and anything can happen next.