The 2011 comedy “Meeting Spencer” from Orbit Pictures was directed by Malcolm Mowbray with the screenplay written by Andrew Kole, Scott Kasdin and Andrew Delaplaine, based on a story by Andrew Kole and Andrew Delaplaine. Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Melinda McGraw, Jesse Plemons, Yvonne Zima, Jill Marie Jones, Julian Bailey,Caroline Aaron, Marcello Cacioppo, Kristen Eck, MarKus Flanagan, Mark Harelik, Ralph P. Martin, Brian McGovern and Livia Milano.
Show business is a wild, exciting and sometimes disappointing occupation, but it’s the only one Harris Chappell (Jeffrey Tambor) knows. Things haven’t been going very well for him lately; every single one of his recent ventures have been complete failures. After weeks of pondering what his next move should be, he decides that it’s time to leave Hollywood and return to New York for a comeback on the Broadway stage.
Bad news travels fast; just about everyone who is anyone in this business knows about his string of Hollywood flops, but that’s just the way things go; at one time he was one of the most celebrated directors on the scene. His friends in New York welcome him home with open arms, but the celebration begins to spin out of control when Chappell meets Spencer (Jesse Plemons) a struggling actor who seems more than a little interested in Chappell’s new play.
As the hilarious string of events continue to unfold, Chappell is surprised by the appearance of his former lover Didi (Melinda McGraw) who is oozing with encouragement as well as sex appeal. This upscale crowd who never seem to get enough of the spotlight have plenty of suggestions for Chappell’s new show as well. During the course of dinner at “Frankie and Johnnie’s,” a noted celebrity hangout, Chappell is approached by the young starlet Nikki Ross (Jill Marie Jones) for a role and gets a chance to find out what the real word on the street is about his play while he cozies up with those known to have deep pockets to finance his comeback.
But Chappell’s comeback begins to look more like an adventure in futility than anything else as he receives frightening news of the consequences his actions might set in motion. He has sailed along on his reputation alone but now he was becoming frantic to get funding or else his comeback will also turn out to be a flop and he will have no where else to go.