August 19, 2012
Oscar winner it is not, for a Political farce it is rib splitting
Melodramatic and sentimental, nobody really has to act, and that's why artsy critics panned it, but as slapstick political satire I can remember few funnier. From Zach's wife (the most vulnerable and therefore best actor of the film), to Farrell's wife, and -- on my god-- the funniest secret confessions every character must make -- the kid's confessions had me rolling on the stickly floor of the theater. Farrell is Farrell, and most of the time if not funny entertaining, but ZACH is over the top, every much Farrell's equal as the driving comedic element of the film-- we just haven't seen as much of him to tire of him as we may have with Farrell. The cameos and small roles are played by well known actors which for me was a huge payoff showing the producers and directors cared enough about the audience to throw in quality, memorable moments which with unknowns could have been throw-away scenes. Gothic fans and Art snobs it will bore.
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