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PoliWood (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 May 2009 (USA)
An in-depth look at the Democratic and Republican national conventions held during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election year.

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Barry Levinson
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Richard Abramowitz Richard Abramowitz ... Himself
Stephen Baldwin ... Himself
Annette Bening ... Herself
Ellen Burstyn ... Herself
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Herself
David Crosby ... Himself
Alan Cumming ... Himself
Tim Daly ... Himself
Charlie Daniels Charlie Daniels ... Himself
Robert Davi ... Himself
Dana Delany ... Herself
Giancarlo Esposito ... Himself
Tom Fontana ... Himself
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Anne Hathaway ... Herself
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An in-depth look at the Democratic and Republican national conventions held during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election year.

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English

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26 September 2013 | by artpfSee all my reviews

The basic premise of this film is that the media has blurred the lines and polarized the country in a way that has created conflict over truth in reporting.

The sub text is celebrity and it's role in making or breaking a candidate.

I went into this movie wanting to really like it.

The celebrities are all idiots who could care less about anything except getting their names in the paper. What an insular jaded bunch of jerks.

It's not an even handed take, as some reviewers say. The film is roughly 90 minutes long and 2/3's is devoted to the DNC convention with Obama butt licking.

Then we shift to the RNC convention and a bunch of liberals are interviewed saying they are going to learn what the Republicans believe in. They arrive and we are told the mood is somber and there is "nobody" there. Five minutes into what you think will be the right's say, we cut back to the libbie and some idiotic concert with Woody Guthrie music and the SEICU commies. Then Sting with some strange hair.

Where's the balance?

To be fair, Levinson's commentary is really good and on target. But those are few and far between. The vast majority of the movie is left- biased and presents the liberal point of view.

The Republicans are shown as sand buffoons, unlike the Democrats.

As i said, I really wanted to like this film more than I did. I wanted to smack Ellen Bursten. SHe's such a self centered jerk.

Too bad...this really could have been a great film. Given the slant, it's just OK


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