During the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age in the early 1950s, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is the director of physical production at Capitol Pictures. In other words, he is the "fixer" tasked with solving all the problems, big and small, of the famous actors and filmmakers at the studio. The film follows a single day in Mannix's life in which he must mollify a disgruntled director, transform the public persona of a singing cowboy, "manage" the affairs of a secretly pregnant beautiful swimmer and try to prevent two identical twin gossip columnists from reporting on stories that could threaten the studio's image. On top of all this, Mannix faces his biggest challenge when famous actor Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) gets kidnapped while in costume for the swords-and-sandals Roman biblical epic "Hail, Caesar!" Mannix must either pay $100,000 or it's the end of the line for the movie star. What ensues is a raucous, slapstick comedy that captures a mythologized Hollywood in its golden days while cleverly exploring some deeper religious and economic themes in a deceptively lighthearded way.
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