The Informant!

Rated R 2009

The exclamation point is the whole problem. Adapted from Kurt Eichenwald's nonfiction book, this fact-based farce tells the story of Mark Whitacre, a high-ranking Archer Daniels Midland executive who blew the whistle on a global price-fixing scheme in 1992 but turned out to be a giant headache for the U.S. Justice Department when skeletons began tumbling out of his own closet. Matt Damon gives a sure-handed comic performance as the ingratiating, self-dramatizing businessman, and Steven Soderbergh imparts a brisk, breezy pace to the snowballing narrative. Unfortunately, every laugh is bludgeoned nearly to death by Marvin Hamlisch's jokey score of neo-James Bond riffs and 70s sitcom melodies; I liked the movie quite a bit, but by the end I felt as if I were at a live TV show with a blinking sign ordering me to LAUGH. With Scott Bakula and Melanie Lynskey. R, 108 min.

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Producer: Gregory Jacobs, Jennifer Fox, Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Michael Jaffe, George Clooney, Jeff Skoll and Michael London

Cast: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joe McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Rick Overton, Tom Papa, Tom Wilson, Clancy Brown, Tony Hale, Ann Cusack, Allan Harvey, Rusty Schwimmer, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, Scott Adsit and Patton Oswalt

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