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Rated R · 108 minutes · 2009

Comedy drama, Crime drama
Steven Soderbergh’s latest shrewdly tells the true story of a corporate whistleblower who does a miserable yet strangely effective job of helping the FBI investigate an international price-fixing scheme. Soderbergh wants to be more humorous than dramatic with his depiction of the actual crime that occurred in the ’90s. Thanks to an understated and hilarious performance by Matt Damon, he succeeds. Damon put on 30 to play Mark Whitacre and excels with some hilarious narration. Whitacre eventually went to prison for some crimes of his own committed while supposedly helping the FBI expose his co-workers. Soderbergh mines the ridiculous story for nasty laughs, and it’s the right move. Mark Whitacre was a manipulative, sneaky, smug son of a bitch. Thanks to Damon, he’s a highly entertaining tragicomic figure here.


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Official Site: theinformantmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Gregory Jacobs, Jennifer Fox, Howard Braunstein, Kurt Eichenwald, Michael Jaffe, George Clooney, Jeff Skoll and Michael London
Cast: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joe McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Rick Overton, Tom Papa, Tom Wilson, Clancy Brown, Tony Hale, Ann Cusack, Allan Harvey, Rusty Schwimmer, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers, Scott Adsit and Patton Oswalt

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Charleston City Paper Steven Soderbergh and Matt Damon con viewers in this comedy Dressed in a garish neck tie, with a pitiful beige toupee perched on his head and a pillowy midsection, Matt Damon is almost unrecognizable in The Informant!. Damon gained 30 pounds, and his charisma went AWOL in the process of becoming a Middle American corporate biochemist-turned-FBI informant. by Felicia Feaster 09/16/2009
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