And Now A Word From Our Sponsor (2013)
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A mild, toothless satire - a "Being There'' where there's barely any there there.
With the nimble Greenwood and a kinder, gentler-than-usual Posey in charge, "And Now" proves a thoroughly engaging lark.
To describe "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor" as a one-joke skit stretched well beyond the breaking point isn't entirely fair, because when used ingeniously, which is very seldom, the joke lands.
Always-good Greenwood ambles through on charm and bemusement, but the film is still an idea in search of meaning.
Audience Reviews for And Now A Word From Our Sponsor
After having disappeared for a year, advertising guru Adan Kundle(Bruce Greenwood) appears just as suddenly in a hospital where except for the fact that he only speaks in advertising lingo he seems fine. Recognizing him, Karen Hillridge(Parker Posey) takes him home with her. Upon hearing about all of this, Lucas Foster(Callum Blue), Adan's former business partner, starts to worry that he may have to surrender some of his power. "And Now a Word from Our Sponsors" has a superb performance from Bruce Greenwood. And virtually no story or plot. Which is a shame because much could have been commented here about how evil advertising is or at the very least how we tend to speak in cliches in our everyday conversation.
This Canadian comedy about a burnt-out ad man who can only speak in product catch phrases is directed by Zack Bernbaum. Starring Bruce Greenwood and Parker Posey, I was expecting something funny or at least deep... but got nothing out of it. From the beginning to the end it was uninspiring, with few good lines which are not enough to keep audience watching, regardless to their IQ. I love artistic movies with structure, well developed characters in a good screenplay, I don't mind experimenting during directing - but this movie had nothing of all these things. Someone takes your company, your creation and you just answer with stupid ad slogans and shake their hand... well, there were few of annoying scenes like that. The guy is a CEO and cannot answer anything? Very unbelievable. I watched the movie to the end thinking that something will happen and make this film at least watchable. But, never happened! If you are one of those guys who loves to waste time in life, adores movies with no concept and no real ending, while the decisions of the main character drive you crazy - give it a go! For all others: STAY AWAY!
Boring, blah and unbearable. And Now a Word From Our Sponsor quickly wears out its welcome after the film's one odd gimmick begins to grate a mere fifteen minutes into the film. What must have sounded like an ingenious idea -- a character can only speak/converse by using advertising slogans -- might have worked for a short film or video skit; but it doesn't work for a full-length film. The film's character who does exactly this is a one-time advertising executive (Bruce Greenwood - Star Trek, Deja Vu) who has mysteriously "fallen off the face of the earth" only to be found in a hospital months after his disappearance. That he can only speak in these slogans seems to not phase a single soul including the kindly single mother (Parker Posey - The House of Yes, Dazed and Confused) who agrees to take him into her house while a more permanent solution can be found (short on funding, the hospital cannot keep all of their patients). The mother has problems with her teenage daughter and apparently only the advertising slogan/riddles can help repair a damaged relationship. No ... it doesn't make sense. The executive is also wanted at his past place of employment and the mother also has to help overcome his past ties and hang-ups. It is just all too convenient ... and annoying. Commercials are short for a reason and taglines cannot be pushed non-stop for nearly an hour and a half. Avoid this ... just as Tivo and DVRs have allowed audiences to bypass annoying sales pitches in order to watch something better.
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