The Smell of Success (2011)
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This is a movie about manure salesman. The dialogue reminds us of this fact again and again and again and again and again and again with one poo joke after another. So in that spirit I'm going to write this review in exactly the style of this film's dialogue: This is one of the SHITTIEST comedies I've seen in a long while. What the hell are Billy Bob Thornton, Kyle MacLachlan, and Ed Helms doing in this MESS? And poor Tea Leoni; it's too bad she has to appear in CRAP like this. She must be in a financial PINCH. Director Michael Polish does an EXCREMENTAL job here. His visuals look as though they come from commercials; commercials about POOP, probably. The TURD of a story on offer here is not worth expanding on, since it's hardly substantial enough to MAKE A SPLASH. Someone ought to SQUAT over this MOUND and then throw it in the TOILET where it belongs. This film, in case I haven't been absolutely clear, is a PILE OF SHIT. There. Having read my review, you don't need to see the film, because that's EXACTLY what it's like. Don't waste your time.
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.
(** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Oddly entertaining but not enough to fully recommend. A near-miss curio of a film.
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