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War, Inc. (2008)

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A corporation hires a professional assassin to pose as its trade show representative who must organize the wedding of a Middle Eastern pop star, which will allow him the opportunity to kill a Middle Eastern politician.

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Joshua Seftel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Hauser
Hilary Duff ... Yonica Babyyeah
Marisa Tomei ... Natalie Hegalhuzen
Joan Cusack ... Marsha Dillon
Dan Aykroyd ... Mr. Vice President
Sergej Trifunovic ... Ooq-Mi-Fay Taqnufmini
Ned Bellamy ... Ooq-Yu-Fay Taqnufmini / Zubleh
John McLaughlin ... Himself
Montel Williams ... GuideStar Voice (voice)
Ben Kingsley ... Walken / The Viceroy
Lyubomir Neikov Lyubomir Neikov ... Omar Sharif (as Lubomir Neikov)
Nikolay Stanoev Nikolay Stanoev ... Bhodi Bhundhang (as Nikolai Stanoev)
George Zlatarev George Zlatarev ... Director (as Georgi Zlatarev)
Bashar Rahal ... Video Guy #1
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Video Guy #2 (as Vesilav Pavlov)
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Storyline

A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice President. In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man, to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah, an outrageous Middle Eastern pop star, and keeping a sexy left wing reporter in check. Written by fmmini

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

13 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,714, 25 May 2008

Gross USA:

$580,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,299,855
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The cast considered this movie to an unofficial sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) The American Flag hanging behind Joan Cusack when she is talking is hanging on the wrong side. See more »

Quotes

Omar: We're in a constant state of war, Hauser. We kill our brothers, complete strangers, the guilty and the innocent. We are at war with our own hearts. Love is a cease-fire that's destined to fail. But, as I said, it does get us into tricky situations... sometimes the back of a garbage truck.
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Crazy Credits

BeTolerant.com is listed twice in the thanks section of the credits, despite this resulting in an odd number of entries and causing the last entry to have to go against the rest of the layout (centered, vs two-column) to keep things even. See more »

Connections

References Happy Days (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Boom, Boom, Bang, Bang
Written by Paul Hipp
Performed by Hilary Duff
Produced by Paul Hipp
Published by Baby Nicey Music (BMI)
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Skipping satire through to slapstick
18 July 2008 | by vostfSee all my reviews

The satire is in the background, but the main quality of War, Inc. is to suppose you are in this particular mood. The problem is: how do you deal with big jokes and serious matters if you're going to skip plain satire? Ay, there's the rub. John Cusack plays a high-flying hit-man with a bit of a conscience ready to surface again after years of sealed-jaws dedication. Then satire in the background creates big comedy situations and then back again to our hero whose background we are told little by little until we can foresee how it will all be brought together.

On the whole it's pretty funny, the acting is great, but you don't feel there's a real big movie, only an independent flick struggling with settings - well, working its guts off to get the most of each set to be honest, pleased with its premise but lacking a real steady stance. As a comedy it would have been much better with the hero as a real cynical guy who happens to have a physical malfunction. As a thriller/actioneer it would need to build a more intricate script.

So it's one of those movies who don't really know their genre, what jokes they are playing against what characterization. And the pathos within once again proves to be a complacent device for writers and producers-actors looking for a bit of ready-to-wear substance.


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