Director(s): Brian Koppelman, David Levien. Cast: Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer, Jesse Eisenberg, Richard Schiff, Olivia Thirlby. 90 min. Rated R. Drama.
I'm usually suspicious of screenplays that appear written for a specific actor/actress (Jim Carrey has lots of them), and this is definitely a Michael Douglass vehicle. Needless to say, he does earn the honor, and I am a fan of the man's unique cinematic presence, but Douglass (and some good dialogue) are the movie's only saving grace. The film suffers from bad direction, as characters hurl lines at each other even before the other has a chance to finish their own. The directors think they've engineered an open-ended ending, while they already clumsily decide the ending on earlier repetitious scenes.