On your entertainment agenda? Lots of corporate scandal
Which may be why the creative minds behind theater, film and television are taking inspiration from good old-fashioned corporate scandals, rather than our current national mess.
"The Informant," which raked in $10 million in its debut last weekend, stars Matt Damon as the bumbling, deluded FBI mole who helped expose price-fixing at Archer Daniels Midland in 1985 (the movie doesn't sound funny, but it is).
On Oct. 23, USA Network introduces "White Collar," a series that puts a buttoned-up spin on the typical cop drama -- instead of following crime scene investigators tracking down murderers, it revolves around an FBI agent taking down exec-level felons.
And across the pond, a 28-year-old playwright has turned one of America's most famous corporate scandals into the hottest ticket in London. "Enron," which opened last month and is playing to sold-out crowds, gives a fictional Jeffrey Skilling the stage the real, long-winded Skilling probably always dreamed of.
So if you're feeling bored by the downturn, head to the movies, set your DVR or hop a transatlantic flight -- and return to a simpler time, when corporate misbehavior still surprised us and executives were only shrewd and greedy enough to screw their own employees and investors, rather than the country at large.