is a 1998 movie directed
by David Veloz
starring Ben Stiller
. The film is based on Jerry Stahl
's autobiographical book of the same name, and tells the story of Stahl's rise from a small-time television writer to his success as a comedy writer making up to $5,000 a week writing for 1980s shows like thirtysomething
, and probably most infamously, ALF
(changed in the movie to Mr. Chompers
). Maria Bello
stars as Kitty, a fellow detox
survivor to whom Stahl relates his rise and fall. The movie also stars Owen Wilson
as Stahl's friend and fellow addict, Nicky; Elizabeth Hurley
as his wife, Sandra; Janeane Garofalo
as a Hollywood agent, Jana.
Stiller's performance in the movie was critically lauded, but the film failed at the box office and never saw widespread release. It has been released on DVD in the USA and the UK. A soundtrack CD was also released with most of the music heard in the film.
Rated R (For Pervasive Graphic Drug Use, Strong Sexuality and Language).