Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed Review of The Informant!

The Informant!

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Ramblings: I’m Telling

Final Proof: 2 Shots

2 shotsYou know how when you’re sitting at the bar and you spot a ‘character’? A character, you know, someone who’s not so much drunk as engaging. Weird. Quirky. You’re a little bored so you kinda watch the guy out of your peripheral vision, right? Get an idea of what he’s like, what goes on in his peripheral little life. Except you’re not gonna watch him for two hours, ’cause that’d make you weird.

The Informant! is like that. The movie is an interesting character study of a funny guy and it had my attention for a while, especially because Matt Damon does such a great job in the role of Mark Whitacre. But asking me to watch this guy for 108 minutes is a little much. If i’d been in a bar, i woulda moved on to someone else, certainly someone hotter, rather than become a peripheral stalker.

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 0 Shots

Nothing going here, if it isn’t Melanie Lynskey. ‘Member her? She plays Rose in Two and a Half Men. i like her ’cause she has that little baby voice. Of course, i also like women with raspy voices. And deep voices. In fact, i even like women with adenoidal voices. i guess i like women’s voices in general. Course, i also like women when they’re not talking. Uhm, let’s just forget i started in on this, ok?

Actually, Melanie’s a lot cuter than you might think. She’s definitely a lot cuter than she was made up to be in this movie. Here’s what i’m talking about.

Melanie Lynskey

Close Up & Friendly

Close Up & Friendly

Rockin' A Tat

Rockin' That Tat

A Smoke

Drinks: 0 Shots

Nada. Matt Damon has a meeting at the Anheuser Busch headquarters in St Louis. Oh yeah, in a private jet he drinks a beer from a bottle while his boss makes sexist remarks sipping a whiskey and water.

A Smoke

Rock & Roll: 0 Shots

One word for you: Marvin Hamlisch. Google him and count the number of heavy metal albums he’s made. (Although, Wiki claims that Jerry Falwell refused to rule out the possibility that Hamlisch was the Antichrist in an interview with Al Franken. That’s kinda rock and roll. Not enough for a shot, though.)

Boring Technical Crap

Written by: Scott Z Burns (based on the book by Kurt Eichenwald)

Directed by: Stephen Soderbergh

Starring

Matt Damon – Mark Whitacre

Melanie Lynskey – Ginger Whitacre

Bottom Line

Don’t see it, but if you must, then walk out after about 45 minutes–you’ll have seen all there is to see.

15 thoughts on “Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed Review of The Informant!

  1. I am probibly alone in the world, but, with the exeption of Clooney himself, I find most of the nouveau “rat pack” to be less than talented and most unfunny pretty boys. If we simply must see them, might I suggest action flick where we wouldn’t be subjected to their sad attempts at acting, but get to watch them dodge special effects (and the obligatory sex kitten).

  2. i don’t know, brother. Matt Damon did a nice job in this movie, according to me, and frankly, i think i’d prefer to watch a Brad Pitt flick than a Sammy Davis Jr one anytime. (“Ingrlorious Bastards” being a case in point.) But i’m with you all the way on the sex kittens. “Keep ’em ‘coming’ ” has always been my motto.

      • BWAH HAH! to Ken’s comment…

        “You know how when you’re sitting at the bar and you spot a ‘character’? A character, you know, someone who’s not so much drunk as engaging. Weird. Quirky. You’re a little bored so you kinda watch the guy out of your peripheral vision, right? Get an idea of what he’s like, what goes on in his peripheral little life. Except you’re not gonna watch him for two hours, ’cause that’d make you weird.

        The Informant! is like that.”

        Perfect! Yes, that sums it up. And I saw it twice, so I oughta know, lol.

        I have to say the second time I saw this, I admired two things most: the cinematography/lighting in the movie and Marvin’s score. I also think that Matt Damon, although I cannot stop making fun of his name/persona after seeing “Team America:World Police”, did a great job of creating and maintaining the character of Mark Whitacre. His looks were SO different for this film, and his transformation was thorough.

        Still, it was still pretty much a boring movie, I thought.

  3. Melanie Lynskey is very boobalicious, BTW. She actually reminds me a little of Dita von Teese up there. A little less cold-looking and a little softer, but quite similar to the von Teese!

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