How good is this movie? It's as good as the title, which is to say it
is somewhat amusing and a one trick smoking pony. At times it borders
on brilliant. I laughed out loud during several particularly biting
bits of carcinogenic satire. However, this movie fails to maintain
any of the momentum it accrues. In the end, it fails to be an
effective criticism of the industry or an enjoyable movie experience.
As my brother says, 'all the best bits were in the commercials.'
While this experience is irritatingly common for many modern Hollywood
movies, if you haven't seen the commercials (or don't remember them),
the film still has something to offer. It does offer a 90-minute
discussion of rhetoric and argument. While many people wouldn't
necessarily call this a good thing, as a teacher I can't help but
appreciate the depth of the exploration. Also, the cast members are
all great (including all the big names).
So, I cannot recommend the film to anyone, which is sad. When it is at its best, the film is amazing. But the good parts can't make up for the lackluster presentation and jagged pace.
5 packs a day (out of 11)