The Informant!

Rated R 108 minutes 2009

Steven Soderbergh’s latest shrewdly tells the true story of a corporate whistleblower who does a miserable yet strangely effective job of helping the FBI investigate an international price-fixing scheme. Soderbergh wants to be more humorous than dramatic with his depiction of the actual crime that occurred in the ’90s. Thanks to an understated and hilarious performance by Matt Damon, he succeeds. Damon put on 30 to play Mark Whitacre and excels with some hilarious narration. Whitacre eventually went to prison for some crimes of his own committed while supposedly helping the FBI expose his co-workers. Soderbergh mines the ridiculous story for nasty laughs, and it’s the right move. Mark Whitacre was a manipulative, sneaky, smug son of a bitch. Thanks to Damon, he’s a highly entertaining tragicomic figure here.

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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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