The Smell of Success (2011)





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A tragic fan accident ends the life of Mr. Roses, the scientific genius behind Roses Manure Company, forcing his cosmetics salesgirl daughter Rosemary (Tea Leoni) to take control of the company. Rosemary isn't sure if she has a nose for the family business, but when she discovers the company is about to go under, she is determined to find a way to turn the foul into financial profits. To do so, she's going to need the help of her father's best salesmen -- led by the steely-eyed, silver tongued Patrick Fitzpatrick (Billy Bob Thorton) for whom "bull" is not just a product but an art form - even if they don't exactly trust a lady in charge. When the suspiciously clean-cut Jimmy St. James (Kyle Maclachan) and his band of slick salesmen drop into town ready to take over with their newfangled "fertilizer" and fancy marketing techniques, it becomes clear that Rosemary's quest is no longer simply about selling as much crap as she can. It's all-out war. -- (C) Official Site
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Billy Bob Thornton
as Patrick Fitzpatrick
Téa Leoni
as Rosemary
Kyle MacLachlan
as Jimmy St. James
Ed Helms
as Chet Pigford

Critic Reviews for The Smell of Success

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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
Screen International

Audience Reviews for The Smell of Success

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.

Steve Joseph
Steve Joseph

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

(** 1/2): [img][/img] Oddly entertaining but not enough to fully recommend. A near-miss curio of a film.


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