Ty Burr
March 19, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Mistress

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Robert De Niro, Robert Wuhl
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

Not that the world needs another low-budget movie about a jerk trying to make a low-budget movie, but Mistress is a deadpan laff riot. Since it’s directed by a character actor (Barry Primus), it’s no surprise that the movie’s full of characters, from Wuhl’s hapless filmmaker to Martin Landau’s seedy producer, to the trio of backers (Danny Aiello, Eli Wallach, and De Niro) who each insists that his mistress (respectively, Tuesday Knight, Jean Smart, and the marvelous Sheryl Lee Ralph) play the lead role. De Niro, in particular, looks more alive than he has in years — but since this is the first release from his Tribeca Productions, I guess he’d better. B

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