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trailer break: ‘The Informant!’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


Steven Soderbergh has a new movie, and it’s a comedy — a dark comedy — about corporate crime. I’m not sure that we can call this “holding criminals accountable,” but at least someone is holding them up for ridicule. Which is a start, anyway.

And yet… if this is based on a true story, is it safe to assume that the whistleblower Matt Damon is portraying here really was as incompetent as this? Can we assume that the only way someone turns on their cabal of fellow felons is because they’re a little unstable, a little crazy?

If that’s true, we’re doomed.

Still: This is funny! I laughed! I can’t wait to see the movie! I’ll laugh some more! Ha ha, everything is fine!

*sigh*

The Informant! opens in the U.S. on September 18, and in the U.K. on November 20.



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  • Wow… I think maybe you’re pinning this one up a little high on the wall of socioeconomic expectations. Why does this film need to be about “holding criminals accountable”? Why can’t it just be about whatever it wants to be about, and then we judge it based on how well it succeeds (once we see it)?

    In short: *sigh*

  • movies have to be about *something*, don’t they? and this is a topic on a lot of minds these days.

  • and what’s with the sighing…?

  • MaryAnn

    Why does this film need to be about “holding criminals accountable”?

    I wasn’t suggesting that it is, or should be, about that. I was suggesting, or trying to, that the fact that this kind of movie would get made at all, and would get a wide release, might indicate that *as a culture,* we’re ready to start talking about holding corporate criminals accountable.

    Why can’t it just be about whatever it wants to be about, and then we judge it based on how well it succeeds (once we see it)?

    I’m not prejudging the movie. I’m thinking about the zeitgeist into which this movie will be tossed (and the one in which it was produced).

  • MaryAnn (Mon Aug 17 09, 7:00PM):

    I wasn’t suggesting that it is, or should be, about that. I was suggesting, or trying to, that the fact that this kind of movie would get made at all, and would get a wide release, might indicate that *as a culture,* we’re ready to start talking about holding corporate criminals accountable…

    …in movies not starring Julia Roberts, Russell Crowe, or George Clooney, you mean?

    I just don’t get the distinction you’re touting here, between this film’s trailer and the dozens of Corporate Crime Movies that have come before, some funny, some not (does Trading Places count?). And, more on point: I don’t quite understand the burden you’re placing on the shoulders of The Informant! — it almost seems like you are kinda miffed that it has the nerve to be a comedy in these trying economic times.

    The sigh just seems a little misplaced, is all I’m saying. Am I reading too much into it?

  • mst3kharris

    I think I heard this story on “This American Life.”

    Yep, show #168, “The Fix is In.” And unfortunately, he kind of was that crazy. Definitely what another blog I like calls a “lolsob” moment.

    This trailer still made me laugh, but… I think I understand what you’re getting at.

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