NEW YORK (WABC) --They say truth is stranger than fiction, and a new action movie involving the bizarre story of school buddies-turned-international gunrunners hits theaters weekend.
"War Dogs" stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, and it comes from Todd McCarthy, director of movies like "The Hangover" and "Old School." But does this dramedy hit its target?
It's a movie that is bound to provoke a sharp reaction, and whether or not you find it funny will depend on how you feel about making fun of the war in Iraq.
Hill and Teller play two childhood friends who hatch a plan to sell small arms to the United States government. It works quite well, until a hiccup prompts the guys to leave their home in Miami to smuggle thousands of pistols into Iraq by way of the Jordanian desert.
They accomplish their mission, but then they get greedy. And eyeing a big deal to arm Afghan freedom fighters brings them into the orbit of a scary arms dealer played by Bradley Cooper.
Cooper's fame was elevated in the "Hangover" comedies, and now, he's repaying the favor by appearing in a small role for the director. Still, the star makes it memorable.
The movie starts to fall apart towards the middle, as the friendship disintegrates along with Teller's marriage, which is an underdeveloped story line.
Overall, the movie has the cosmic giggle, and really what more can you ask from a comedy?
The second hour can't match the first, but it's still one of the more favorable films of the season. There can be no snoozing through the dog days of summer after seeing "War Dogs."