Highly Suspect Reviews: The Front Runner

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Hugh Jackman plays the guy who DEFINITELY would have become president in 1988 if he had just been able to keep his fly shut, Democratic nominee Gary Hart. This new Jason Reitman film, after a brief look at Hart’s unsuccessful bid against Walter Mondale for the Democratic nomination in 84, switches to his titular front-running campaign in 88. Vera Farmiga plays his wife and the film also features strong and funny performances by JK Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton, and a ton of familiar faces. However, there’s something just off a bit about what the film is trying to say and our critics (Chris, Marco, and Elliott) have very different ideas about what that problem is. It all leads into a fun and heightened discussion on the topic that you don’t want to miss.

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