Matt Damon, comic mastermind. Go ahead, laugh that notion off, dismiss it as over-exaggeration or a bad case of groupie-love. Sticks and stones, fools. The truth of the post is, every time Damon drops the frown and engages in some silly character-carrying, he’s gold. Just re-watch those Ocean’s 11 films and try not to root for his doe-eyed innocent pseudo-criminal, or, crazier yet, catch Stuck on You the next time it’s on Comedy Central and attempt to not laugh while he hyperventilates in front of his Asian online squeeze.
Okay, that last one could be a stretch, but work with me here. Damon is an underrated funnyman, and that’s the bottom-line.
The Informant, the actor’s next starring vehicle, is a project made comfortably-fit for anybody in agreement with me. Directed by the reliable Steven Soderbergh, the spy-guy comedy seems to have the tone of the Ocean’s film down cold (which makes sense, since Soderbergh directed those, as well). Damon stars as an awkward, pedophile-looking vice president of a agricultural business conglomerate, whose company is under government investigation. The government convinces Damon’s character to act as their “informant,” intelligent situational comedy transpiring as a result.
This first trailer has plenty going for it. The Soup‘s awesome Joel McHale in a small role, Scott Bakula reemerging from his career coma in a fine role, and endless Damon-executed moments of effortless giggles. Expect The Informant to please many once it hits in September (though, IMDB has its release date down as October 9…..a push-up, perhaps?). Trailer after the jump: