The Smell of Success 2011

The Smell of Success

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A cosmetics saleswoman (Téa Leoni) takes control of her late father's manure company, while a fast-talking fertilizer rep plots a coup.

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  • Unfortunately, Manure's outstanding visual design can't compensate for a screenplay that mostly focuses on setting up the next bravura set piece.

    May 9, 2009

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  • Sep 01, 2014
    In "The Smell of Success," Mr. Rose(Patrick Bauchau) dies, leaving his manure business to his daughter Rosemary(Tea Leoni), a cosmetics salesperson. She immediately fires everyone. But then soon realizes with the company's huge debts and production that might not have been the right way to go, and soon rehires everybody, especially Patrick Fitzpatrick(Billy Bob Thornton), the lead salesman. However, there are a couple of obstacles in Agent Chestnut(D.W. Moffett) of the FTC and Milagro Industries in their way. For a movie that shares a child's exuberance for all things manure, "The Smell of Success" is actually not bad. It's not really good either, even as it mostly favors word play over vulgarity. That simply leaves a lot of the humor and nearly all of the plot involving a war of pranks. In return, the movie wastes a good cast, especially Billy Bob Thornton and the underrated Tea Leoni.
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