It's campy fun. Seriously how can anyone take this so seriously and call it one of the best screenplays. It's so hyperbolic and preachy. That said, much like it's descendant MAGNOLIA, it's too insane to not enjoy. It doesn't feel Lumet had much a say on this film as the direction feels enslaved to the script. Chayefsky is in charge here. Plus, even as a satire, it feels like a retread of A Face in the Crowd.