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The Smell of Success (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 January 2009 (USA)
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A comedy about manure salesmen in 1960s heartland America.

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Michael Polish (as Larry Smith)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Patrick
Téa Leoni ... Rosemary Rose
Mark Polish ... Thaddeus Young
Ed Helms ... Chet Pigford
Kyle MacLachlan ... Jimmy St. James
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Cleveland Clod
Frances Conroy ... Agnes May
Jon Gries ... Early Dunchamp
Richard Edson ... Nelly the Nose
D.W. Moffett ... Agent Chestnut
Scott Michael Campbell ... Mr. Diehl
Patrick Bauchau ... Mr. Rose
Aria Alpert Adjani ... Mrs. Smith (as Aria Alpert)
David A. Cooper ... Miracle Worker #1
Erin O'Shaughnessy ... Mrs. Diehl
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Storyline

When a tragic accident ends the life of Mr. Rose, the genius behind Rose's Manure Company, the livelihood of its loyal fleet of salesmen threatens to go, as they say, into the toilet. Enter estranged daughter Rosemary, a high-class- cosmetics salesgirl, who steps in to take control. She is not sure she has a nose for the family business, but she is determined to make foul into profit. Little does she know that a ruthless, slick-talking fertilizer rep is plotting a takeover. Whether she likes it or not, she must trust her top salesman, Patrick Fitzpatrick, to devise a plan to regain Rose's rightful position on top of the heap. Written by S. Dance

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Don't Hold Your Breath!

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and a drug situation | See all certifications »
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[first lines]
Agent Chestnut: [switches on recorder] Agent Chestnut, Federal Trade Commission interview. Please state your full name.
Patrick: Patrick Fitzpatrick.
Agent Chestnut: Mr. Fitzpatrick, were you aware of the financial difficulties at Rose's manure?
Patrick: No.
Agent Chestnut: Really? Because by all accounts and sales records, Mr. Rose considered *you* his Number 2. And you want me to believe Mr. Rose never mentioned it?
Patrick: Never.
Agent Chestnut: Well, you will not be allowed to operate or sell anything until I have competed my investigation.
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Mudcat Rag
Written by Rick Krizman
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A farce by any other name...
19 June 2011 | by dijjjonSee all my reviews

I read the preceding review before I saw the film and I was compelled to return to IMDb, register and drop a few lines of my own. With all due respect to the Sundance attendee, I laughed at the portion of the review that described how the Q&A session fizzled after a few minutes. The film reminded me of Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days". What more is there to be said? Téa Leoni is simply heroic in her pratfalls and Thornton wears the brown suit like a snake. Strangely enough, Ed Helms doesn't fit in the cast since his elephant through a pinhole style is too familiar. I'm sorry I had to stumble upon this piece. What can "brown do for you" when it's competing with self-centred angst, car crashes and CGI monsters for the attention of simpletons.


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Release Date:

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$9,600,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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