The most popular film by Downey is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, dubbed by Downey), the token black man on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising agency, is inadvertently elected chairman, and proceeds to wreak politically incorrect havoc.
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This is a brilliant film that still feels fresh even today. There is so much energy in this film it is incredible. This is a satirical gem that points out the hypocrisy of American society and the double standards we put on everything. This is true filmmaking.
Relentlessly modern in its comedic sensibility. It'll be relevant in ten years, fifty years, five hundred years -- and in five million years when the conscious computer-driven sludge piles into which the human race has evolved keeps living in the throes of greed, hatred, and illogical perversion.
When it was being crazy, anarchic, strange etc. (which it was most of the time), it was great. However, when it came time to tell the story about Putney Swope, it was pretty boring. That probably has to do with the fact that you're enjoying the stuff that doesn't make any sense that when it comes down to telling a story, you want it to not make sense again, and that's how I felt. Still, very fun movie.
A constant assault on the societal norms and radical in it's methodology. A sort of Black Panther movement sweeps over an advertising agency with hilarious and ridiculous results. Downey's humor presides over it like a warm blanket of in your face wit.