Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: R for language and sexual content
Run Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Jason Reitman’s wickedly droll and irreverent comedy is a politically incorrect breath of fresh air.
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Trouble brews on the home front as well as Nick waxes rhapsodic to his impressionable pre-adolescent son Joey (Cameron Bright) on his choice of career yet clearly doesn’t have a philosophical leg to stand on.
Eckhart gives an excellent read to his contemporary soap-boxer; his ribald bonhomie laced with a poisonous mix of anxiety and bluster. How far to cross a line for giggles? Smoking is no laughing matter but Reitman’s screenplay (based on Christopher Buckley’s acclaimed 1994 novel) spoofs its dubious subject matter with no guilty conscience in sight, relishing the opportunity to mock the absurd with tongue-in-cheek gravity. Its cheerful cynicism is simply irresistible.