Equally good is Macy, who conveys the right combination of hesitation and blustery pompousness.  The rest of the cast – even Katie Holmes, though she’s far too young for the role – hold up their end of the bargain, save a few lapses by Duvall into that absurd Southern accent which may or may not have been used by Charlestonians sometime prior to 1920, but which every actor today adopts, thinking they’re being so authentic.  Koechner, on the other hand, does a hilarious Southern good ole’ boy.  I think he and my Daddy must have been friends.

What’s most interesting about this film is its message.  Whether it’s Rob Lowe, as the Kimono-wearing Hollywood agent; Adam Brody, as his obsequious assistant; or Sam Elliott, as the Marlboro Man dying of lung cancer (but not too angry to take a bribe), both Buckley and Reitman leave everyone for dead, and their aim is incredibly accurate.  Their message is that we’re all for sale.  The film also insists that there really is no truth in the world, because everything is smoke and mirrors.  We simply believe the one who spins things the best.

What’s scary is how right they are.  Not about truth, of course.  As Christians, we know there is absolute truth, and we cling to that, amidst the confusion of the world’s many contradictory messages.  But just how much spin do we still fall prey to, day after day?  Reitman forces us to think – and think hard – about our answers.  And he does so in a very entertaining way.

AUDIENCE:  Adults

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Director and Cast Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "The Charlie Rose Show" Interview with Jason Reitman, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Buckley and David O. Sachs
  • Making-Of Featurette
  • "America:  Living in Spin" Featurette

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking and several discussions about alcohol; ongoing discussion about smoking and its dangers.  However, no one smokes onscreen.
  • Language/Profanity:  Dozens of obscenities and profanities, some of which are graphic (including at least 20 uses of f---).
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  Three brief shots, from a distance, of a couple having sex, partially clothed; various brief sexual discussions, some crude.
  • Violence:  A man is kidnapped and left for dead; representative of ATF-type organization offers a gun to a colleague for protection.