Funny or Die has pulled off something rather impression in The Art of the Deal, a fake TV movie of the week starring Johnny Depp as Donald Trump in a movie based on the title of Trump’s 1980’s bestseller. The movie was directed by Ron Howard, and stars Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Henry Winkler, Jason Mantzoukas, Stephen Merchant, Andy Richter Jacob Tremblay, Christopher Lloyd as his Back to the Future character and even Alf (“You are the only illegal alien I truly love.”)
The short movie is impressive because they were able to nab Johnny Depp to play Trump, and because they managed to make this movie and surprise the Internet with it on the night of Trump’s New Hampshire victory without news of the project leaking beforehand. The film is not as impressive as an actual piece of entertainment. I watched much of it, and while it’s fun to see people we love in cool cameos (Patton Oswalt plays Merv Griffin, for instance) and while Depp certainly does a serviceable Trump impression, the bad 80’s special effects and “Hey! Look! We’re in the 1980s making sly winking jokes based on information we know from the future” wears fairly thin after awhile.
All of which is to say: It’s a fun novelty, advertised as the “lost” Donald Trump movie, but it’s only intermittently amusing. It’s a really good make-up job on Depp, though.