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This is a decent flick that I kind of hesitate to recommend because of two reasons. One, its quality is just on the borderline of being watchable, so I wouldn't endorse it wholeheartedly to anyone but I would say that there are definitely worse ways to spend your time and money at the movie theater this summer. Second, this movie says that we the people who vote in US elections have the power to enact real change, but I think that's kind of a farce given what's happened in the country since 2000. So many things have gone wrong and only seem to get worse that I just can't bring myself to believe this movie's hippy dippy and ultimately dopey message. It's supposed to inspire to want to make our voices heard and count, but really all we get in the end are more career politicians who are only interested in advancing the interests of their corporate masters or doing their best to impede progress. Hear that in the background? It's the last dying gasp of American democracy. It's time we came up with a newer, better system. And that, ladies and gents, is my very heavy handed two cents.
Eh, this was strictly okay, neither here nor there. Maybe because I saw that it was starring Cedric the Entertainer and Jason Biggs that I expected it to be a great comedy but I really only chuckled a few times. It's about politics and that usually puts me to sleep right away. It also weaves in the story of the attacks on Sept 11 since it is set in 2000. It's kind of interesting to go back in time just ten years or so and see how different the world was before all the changes made by social media like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. It's almost impossible to think that we ever lived without any of them! But this movie shows how people fought elections without all the fancy up to the minute feeds that are standard now. I think it's a good reminder that all these things only work because we make them work. We, the people, are the real power of the nation and we deserve a better government! That's what I got from this relatively half baked movie.
My kids love and adore and practically worship Cedric the Entertainer since he did those movies with Martin Lawrence where he dressed up as a sassy black grandma. So when I decided that they had already seen Batman enough times and needed to see something with a little bit of social relevance, this was the obvious choice at the movie theater. It's a really fun movie about an election in Seattle between two opponents who are really like the old David and Goliath story. And we all know how that ended. It's a great lesson for kids to see that working hard and believing in yourself is the only real way to get things done, even when everyone and everything around you is saying otherwise. I think this is one of those movies that will succeed because of word of mouth praise and it should be seen by families of all types. I especially loved Lauren Ambrose's performance. She made the movie for me - adorable!
I guess I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie. It looked okay in the trailer and I really only saw it because I have a soft spot Jason Biggs's brand of comic energy, but the movie was actually quite good with a strong story and some really great performances. It's about a political race in Seattle where the two opponents are as different as any two people can be: one is young, the other is old; one is black, the other is white; one is a newbie to the political world, the other is a longtime politician. The newbie decides that the only thing really worth fighting for in the election is a new monorail in Seattle which can benefit everyone. Jason Biggs plays the campaign manager who has great energy but almost no idea what's going on or how to run a campaign. He really own the movie, just like the American Pie flicks, and he proves why he's such a depndable actor.
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