Lights! Camera! Taxes! The IRS's Star Turn

By Suzanne Woolley and Ben Steverman - 2013-03-27T17:11:31Z

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The Screenwriter's Revenge

While there's the occasional likable tax expert in the movies (Tim Robbins in "The Shawshank Redemption") and the rare heroic accountant (Ben Kingsley in "Schindler's List"), they are exceptions to the cinematic rule. Accountants and IRS agents in movies are often portrayed as bloodless bureaucrats who range from the socially awkward to the positively demonic. As it turns out, tangling with the tax man can prove surprisingly redemptive, leading to marriage, renewed friendships and -- hey, it's the movies -- a killer golf swing.