Posted by ESC on July 12, 2004
In Reply to: Re: ^ Phoned - in ^ posted by Word Camel on July 12, 2004
: : Hi, can you tell me the context of PHONED-IN in:
: : "Under Peter's phoned-in direction the movie chugs along like a slow train"
: It sounds like the director either wasn't physically on the set or was there but wasn't paying attention. I think it means that the direction was only correct up to a point and lacked the specificity to be really effective.
"Phoning in" a performance or direction means the person wasn't putting forth much effort.