TV Club: Documentary Now! takes down Hollywood in two-part season finale

In its two-hour season 51 finale, Documentary Now! presents a very close parody of The Kid Stays In The Picture, the documentary adaptation of Hollywood producer Robert Evans’ autobiography. Bill Hader plays Documentary Now!‘s own version of Evans, Jerry Wallach, in “Mr. Runner Up: My Life As An Oscar Bridesmaid,” a documentary presented by Jerry Wallach, about Jerry Wallach, and narrated by Jerry Wallach. In a season full of terrific performances from Hader, this last one is easily his best. His performance and a hilarious, smart script from Hader and John Mulaney incisively capture the dirty, money-hungry underbelly of Hollywood.

Robert Evans is the perfect subject for Documentary Now! to recreate, because the man seems like a satirical character to begin with. His ego seems impossibly huge in The Kid Stays In The Picture. (He, too, narrated his own documentary.) He’s a caricature of the soulless, uncreative, business-savvy …

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