Film #99: THE INFORMANT!
3 out of 5 stars
A qualified 3 stars. THE INFORMANT is a quirky pseudo-comedy that almost borders on farce had it not supposedly really happened. Basically, it is a tale of a pathological liar who embroils himself in a FBI investigation. The film is slightly amusing, but I never found myself laughing out loud. Even though it is set in the 1990s, it feels like one set in the 1960s – and that’s jarring. From the font used in its titling to the fashions to the décor, this feels like a Nixon-era film. The only real standout is Matt Damon is portrays the main character as a complete schlub. His performance is the real reason to see this. Look for a virtual whos-who of comedians (Patton Oswalt, Joel McHale, Tom Papa, Rick Overton, Alan Havey, The Smothers Brothers) in minor roles. In the end, THE INFORMANT! is an interesting - and quirky - little movie made notable solely by Damon’s performance.