A captivating, wonderfully-acted drama about the 1950's quiz show scandals. The story is fascinating to unfold especially if you are unfamiliar with the subject matter, which is still relevant to this day. John Turturro, Paul Scofield, and Ralph Fiennes all give underrated performances. Recommended if you are a fan of Lumet's "Network."
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy do what they do best. Bateman is the reliable straight man and McCarthy is the female Zach Galifianakis but way more sympathetic. The movie is sorta funny but extremely predictable the whole way through. You can't blame the title of false advertising because it steals the identity of every road-trip comedy of the past 20 years.
I felt very strange after watching this movie. Seeing it on a big screen, letting the visuals, colors, and soundtrack complete absorb me, I realized it won me over. It might be a piece of schlock entertainment with a muter than usual performance from Ryan Gosling and an over the top one from KST, but it is a film I haven't been able to shake myself of. It is so visually interesting that I wanna rewatch it and dissect it…
I love Lizzy Caplan but here she is just an annoying, selfish, commitaphobe. I am also tired of indie comedies about hipster commitaphobes. Reminded me a lot of The Five Year Engagement where Alison Brie also plays the neurotic, conventional, do-gooder sister and is way more likable in both films than the main actress.
Moral of the story: Give Alison Brie leading roles.