The Smell of Success

 (37)5.21 h 30 min2009PG-13
A comedy about manure salesmen in 1960s heartland America.
Michael Polish
Billy Bob ThorntonTéa LeoniMark Polish
English [CC]
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Ed HelmsKyle MacLachlanFrances Conroy
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3.1 out of 5 stars

37 global ratings

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Wine MeReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much funnier stoned.
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This is a farcical comedy that jumps the shark so many times your head will spin, but it is fun and definitely original. Take every poop reference known to man and build a story around them and this is what you end up with. Super childish humor, a weird dreamlike set, and really decent actors prop this up and keep it moving. I’d say this is more of a guy movie and would certainly be best watched after feeding your head a little.
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SueReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Funny & Entertaining
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I love gardening with manure. I loved the leading lady's 1950's outfits. I loved the 1950's look - men in suits, the cars. Lots of jokes and puns about poop. Watch until the very end to learn something about where a word came from. P.S. Lots of jokes about manure as fertilizer, but it and compost very good as fertilizer. Altho don't use cat, dog, or people manure. And compost your manure before you add it to the garden. I mostly use horse manure. Very much appreciated the cast and support team providing entertainment during the pandemic. A farm worker I worked with told me he always thought manure on the fields smelled like money!
sharonReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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It ended weirdly with too many holes in the story. Too bad, because it got off to a great quirky beginning.

Interesting artwork in the sets and style of scenery, good acting, but it all came to nothing interesting at the end. Sad.

Acting was great, but the end seemed like it was part of another story, very disjointed and lazy compared to the rest of the story.
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Daniel NiesingReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
"Udder" rubbish!
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This is the first review I've done of a movie. This movies was soo bad I could not not say something. I could only stomach about 15 minutes worth. If I could rate it a negative 10 I would. Besides the udder stupidness of it all it is full of endless sexual nuances. This movie is gutter trash!
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Shari PerkettReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Refreshing take of humor in days gone by...
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If you're looking for a humorous story of days gone by? This one is for you. The humor is obvious but thought provoking. It leaves you reminiscing of days gone by and movies that had a plot that makes you think.
james kvasnickaReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is what happens when you try to make a movie while on drugs.
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Terrible flick. They were likely banking on the audience being high while seeing this. I wouldn't help. Don't do drugs. Don't watch terrible films.
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Rocco SemlerReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great performances by Billy Bob Thornton and Tea Leoni
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An absurdist black comedy with Billy Bob Thornton and Tea Leoni. Worth watching
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Philip GregoryReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
no plot -
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just meanders around the subject
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