David O. Russell’s NAILED somehow gets a test screening

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 3rd, 2011

With his latest film, THE FIGHTER, being one of 2010’s true critical darlings, it should come as no surprise that people are quite abuzz about the film director David O. Russell had been working on previously, NAILED.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan, and Paul Reubens, the film is a health care-focused satire following a woman who gets a nail stuck in her skull, causing her to become irrational. She goes to Washington to find funding to get it removed but is set back by the hijinks caused by her ailment.

However, as you may or may not remember, Russell had left the project last summer after money problems began rising their heads. So how could it have gotten a special test screening, as Deadline is reporting?

The outlet has revealed that the film did indeed screen for an audience on Tuesday, and apparently “played like an assemblage of rough footage, without the nuance Russell would have injected had he finished.”

That said, distributors are being looked at for the film so things do appear to be moving forward for what seems to be this relatively incomplete project. Personally, I think the fact that it appears to lack any of Russell’s true artistic touches definitely makes this a film that I’m not all that interested in seeing. It’s been a long-gestating project, so it will be nice to see what Russell has done up to this point; unless people decide to fund the film with Russell back aboard, this doesn’t seem like that appealing of a project.

What do you think?

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