Film Review & Discussion Guide: The Kid Stays in the Picture


Based on his best-selling autobiography, Oscar-nominated film, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, takes us through the extraordinary life and career of boy wonder film producer, Robert Evans. Despite his reputation of being a bullshitter’s bullshitter, Evans exposes his highs and lows with a lot honesty, along with large doses of self-reflection and deprecation.

Evans was the driving force behind some of the greatest films to ever come out of Hollywood, including Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Godfather I and II, Harold and Maude, and a jaw-droppingly impressive list of others. To hear his tales about how these films were made – and the drama behind the scenes – is riveting.

Unique in documentary filmmaking, Evans speaks ‘to’ the camera, narrating the story in his distinctive old-Hollywood style while liberally employing the use of out-dated hipsterisms such as ‘dame’, ‘broad’ and ‘buckeroos’. His remarkable collection of photographs become almost film-like, giving the viewer a unique view into his life, as well as into some of Hollywood’s golden periods.

It is the friends, enemies, lovers, haters, admirers and many others in Evans’ network who create the fabric of this story. Everyone made their mark on him in some way, and by the film’s end, we understand why the kid was able to stay in the picture, despite some extraordinary falls from grace.

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