I only saw this movie because I've been trying to watch everything James Spader has ever been in and, hey, this movie's on the list. I thought it was one of the funniest things I've seen in a while. One of the greatest things about it, though, is that it shows the problems of both lefties and right-wing bastards. We lefties aren't as good at communicating with the "common man," as shown rather too glaringly in the last presidential election, and the Republicans, who rely on things like greed and power that we can all associate with, are invariably smarmy and kind of gross. They do tend to have good hair, though. I think it's pretty revealing that a right-wing poster here has instantly decided that the movie is so completely liberal that he deems it propaganda, when the movie actually shows a pretty negative view of both sides. And then we resort to throwing tomatoes at each other. Yes, the movie is liberal. Yes, it stars liberal actors who were doing it for love, not money. Yes, it's virtually unheard of. But it's not completely pro-left and anyone who can say that is squinching his blinkers pretty close to his nose.
And James Spader was brilliant in it, as always.
Yes, it's sad, and not surprising.
Not because there's some massive conspiracy. The movie is not a Republican-basher; it bashes corrupt politicians everywhere. It's just too strong and too in-your-face for today's America. Strong satire like this makes people uncomfortable, because they know deep inside that if a candidate like Bob came along, they would probably vote for him too. The film showed the ugly side of Democracy and of US politics, not of any one specific political party.
"Mmmm... Unprocessed fish sticks."