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November 19, 2013

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Niagara Gazette — One dull FDA enforcer comes and goes. A female doctor (Jennifer Garner) has little to do except fret about Woodruff, and after some of his former drinking buddies belittle him, a transvestite becomes his best friend. This seems like almost too much of a Hollywood invention to be true. Woodruff is first repelled, then fascinated by the wisp of a man named Rayon. Jared Leto immerses himself in this character. He’s a welcome bit of calm amidst the manic behavior exhibited by Woodruff, although the shallow screenplay negates the true force he must have been. Steve Zahn adds some nice humanity as a caring policeman.

McConaughey lost an extensive amount of weight for his role, and this may get him an Oscar nomination. In my book, it shouldn’t. He may be emaciated, but he’s still playing the same obnoxious good ol’ boy dancing the same tiresome dance.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at moviecolumn@outlook.com.

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