Sad to say, this strident satire about media hypocrisy and overkill, by French-Canadian writer-director Denys Arcand, makes Bamboozled look pretty good. It follows a model (Jessica Pare) on her rapid rise up the ladder to success—you can't describe any part of this movie without landing in cliches—and its contempt is so overpowering it's hard to laugh at anything. Sitting through this barrage of all-purpose insults aimed at obvious targets was an unenlightening chore. With Dan Aykroyd, Charles Berling, Robert Lepage, Camilla Rutherford, Thomas Gibson, and Frank Langella. 100 min.