Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie

Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Information

Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie is a 2016 parody film released on February 10, 2016 by producer Funny or Die. It is a satire of businessman Donald Trump, released during his 2016 campaign for President of the United States. The film is somewhat based on Trump's 1987 book Trump: The Art of the Deal. It is presented as an autobiographical film by Trump made in 1988 as an adaptation of his book. The film stars Johnny Depp as Trump, Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump, and a supporting cast that includes Jack McBrayer, Stephen Merchant, Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Henry Winkler, Andy Richter, Jacob Tremblay, Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and Ron Howard as himself.


Director Ron Howard (playing himself) begins by saying that he has discovered a long-lost movie of the week based on Donald Trump's bestselling book The Art of the Deal, that was written, directed and stars Trump himself.

The film starts in 1986, where a young boy (Emjay Anthony) stumbles into Donald Trump's (Johnny Depp) office holding a copy of the book The Art of the Deal. Trump must then take a call from Merv Griffin (Patton Oswalt), who refuses to sell him Taj Mahal Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. Trump then describes his background and personal history in order to educate the young boy.

Chapter 1: The Art of Intimidating Rent Controlled Tenants, which takes place in 1983, Trump meets a homeless man (Jason Mantzoukas) and convinces him to scare away the tenants of one of the buildings he owns.

Chapter 2: The Art of Defeating Totally Bogus Discrimination Lawsuits features Trump in 1973 butting head with the Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch (Henry Winkler). He agrees with club owner Igor Cassini (Rob Huebel) that he won't sleep with any of the wives of the other club members. Trump recruits Roy Cohn (Paul Scheer) to help him fight discrimination charges, which they win. Jerry Schrager (Alfred Molina) becomes Trump's new lawyer after Cohn dies of AIDS.

After performing a rap about litigation with hip-hop group The Fat Boys, Trump introduces Chapter 3: The Art of Suing Those Losers at the NFL. He recounts his feud with Pete Rozelle (Andy Richter) over the New Jersey Generals, which causes Trump to sue Rozelle for breaking anti-trust laws. A judge (Tymberlee Hill) rules in favor of Trump.

After learning that the young boy is named Jose, Trump cuts to commercial and has him replaced with an Asian-American boy (Albert Tsai).

Trump's wife Ivana (Michaela Watkins) enters the office, talking about her time working at the Trump Castle in Atlantic City. Trump then introduces Chapter 4: The Art of Buying a Casino from the Hilton Family, which recounts Trump traveling to meet Barron Hilton (Stephen Merchant), who sells him a casino.

In Chapter 5: The Art of Marrying a Gorgeous Immigrant, he recounts his wedding to Ivana in 1977, where his best man was ALF (Paul Fusco).

Trump once again tries to negotiate for the Taj Mahal with Griffin, to no avail. Trump's architect Der Scutt (Jack McBrayer) shows Trump his design for the Taj Mahal. After learning that the replacement boy is Japanese-American, Trump asks for a new kid (Sayeed Shahidi), this time who is African-American, who immediately gets replaced by a Caucasian boy (Jacob Tremblay).

The final chapter, entitled Chapter 6: The Art of Building the Trump Tower, has Scutt and Trump discussing the plans for the soon-to-be-constructed Trump Tower in 1978. Trump meets with Tiffany & Co. head Walter Hoving (Robert Morse) in order to discuss the air rights above his building. Protesters from the Metropolitan Museum of Art protest Trump destroying valuable Art Deco sculptures, but he is apathetic to their concerns.

After the boy tells Trump everything he's learned from him, Merv Griffin finally relents and sells Trump the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. As Trump and his friends are about to celebrate his 40th birthday, a time traveler comes from the year 2016, planning on stopping Trump from running for President of the United States. But then, the 2016 Trump apparently appears, wiping the time traveler from existence. 2016 Trump assures 1986 Trump that he will become President. When Trump and the boy blow out the candles of Trump's birthday cake together, they apparently switch bodies.

In a post-credits scene, Ron Howard says that the film was so bad, he's now forced to reexamine his passion for filmmaking, imploring the audience to forget the film or Donald Trump ever existed.


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The film was directed by Drunk History creator Jeremy Konner. The idea came from Funny or Die editor-in-chief Owen Burke, and was written by former editor of The Onion Joe Randazzo. The production was kept a secret for months. Burke said that they were able to do this by having "a few people sign nondisclosures, but mostly we just begged people not to say anything."?

The film features an original song from Kenny Loggins, entitled "The Art of the Deal," written specifically for the film.


Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie was released for free on Funny or on February 10, 2016, in order to coincide with Trump's real-life victory at the 2016 New Hampshire primaries.

The film was taken down from the Funny or Die website on February 21, 2016 for undisclosed reasons, with Funny or Die promising to bring it back shortly.


In a review entitled "Who knew Donald Trump was the comeback role Johnny Depp needed?", Erik Adams of The A.V. Club praised Depp's performance in particular, saying "the actor"?s vocal inflections and mannerisms create an incredible facsimile of Trump"?albeit one that"?s rooted in the twitchy kookiness of Captain Jack Sparrow or Raoul Duke. For once in his post-Pirates Of The Caribbean career, an entire production can actually keep up with Depp"?s whims and tap into his wavelength, striking a tone that"?s as big and brassy as the character he"?s playing." He also compared the film to Garth Marenghi's Darkplace in its presentation of Trump as a megalomaniac writing, directing and presenting his own film.

Brian Lowry of Variety was less enthusiastic, saying "Once you get past the sheer gall of Funny or Die putting together a 50-minute send-up of Donald Trump "? starring a near-unrecognizable Johnny Depp, no less "? the kick of Donald Trump"?s The Art of the Deal: The Movie begins to quickly yield diminishing returns. For those shaking their heads in disbelief over the mogul/reality TV star"?s new-found career in politics, however, just soaking in Depp"?s mannerisms and dead-on impersonation, along with the various celebrity cameos, will probably be compensation enough."

Writing for Entertainment Weekly, critic Chris Nashawaty said "Before this morning, I would have said that there was nothing funny about Donald Trump"?s run for the presidency. Then, this morning, something arrived like a Christmas present that came 10 months early: Donald Trump"?s The Art of the Deal: The Movie. It"?s utterly demented, slightly terrifying, and most of all hilarious. It"?s also one of the giddiest and most stinging political satires since Thomas Nast took on Tammany Hall."

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