Game Change

2012

Action / Biography / Drama / History

98
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 65%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 19318

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Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt
Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace
Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton / Katie Couric
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gbkmmaurstad 7 / 10

I can see Russia

Arizona Senator John McCain (Ed Harris), selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore), as his 2008 Republican Presidential running mate against Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Crowds love Palin, she meets the party's objectives by appealing to the base, gaining the independents, closing the gender gap and distancing themselves from the Bushs', (Sr., Jr., Jeb).

What they hadn't realized is that Palin was not well versed in domestic or foreign politics. She became overly concerned about alienating her Alaskan base, fretted over Tiny Fey's unflattering impersonation of her on Saturday Night Live and became increasingly homesick.

In her downward spiral she refuses to be tutored on policy by strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson), spends large amounts of time in her room and is beginning to show signs of a nervous breakdown. Excellent portrayal of what happened.

Reviewed by Lee Eisenberg 10 / 10

I so wish it were 2008 again!

Having gotten his start with the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents movies, Jay Roach turned to politically-themed movies. One example was 2012's "Game Change", about John McCain's hiring of Sarah Palin as his running mate, only to see the Alaska governor make a fool of herself and eventually sink his presidential campaign.

The star is Julianne Moore - who won a well deserved Emmy for the role - as Palin, perfectly impersonating the self-proclaimed mama grizzly in all her blithe ignorance and lack of preparation. At one point, she lashes out at the campaign for not letting her be herself; brainless though Palin may have been, she knew that the "real Americans" liked her. McCain (Ed Harris) takes more of a backseat to strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson), who slowly but surely realizes that he made a mistake in hiring Palin and not sufficiently vetting her.

The movie certainly took me back to 2008. The long campaign, the Russia-Georgia War, Tina Fey's impersonation of Palin on SNL, and finally Barack Obama's victory. With that, millions thought that the US had finally moved beyond its racist past. We never guessed that eight years later we would see the ascension to power of an unhinged demagogue (never mind that Donald Trump didn't win the popular vote). Would that it were 2008 again.

Anyway, it's a fine movie. The rest of the cast includes Peter MacNicol (Sophie's Choice), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) and Ron Livingston (Office Space). As for Jay Roach, he also directed "Recount" (about the 2000 election), "The Campaign", "Trumbo" and "All the Way" (about Lyndon Johnson's first year in office).

Reviewed by Jim O'Malley (Kopelson-Group) 10 / 10

It's God's plan...

I have a mind of my own, at least I want to think so, but, I was influenced enough to give Game Change a miss. I was told this was a hatchet job - I must admit that the comments came from Republicans mostly - I finally saw Game Change last night, It literally blew my mind. Hatchet job? What are you talking about? I felt for her, the film humanizes her and somehow explains without partisan hysteria, how we got there, that in a way is to explain how we got here in 2017. Julianne Moore is superb, superb! Not a single false note or cheap shot. I also felt for John McCain, the American hero who told us that Sarah Palin was ready to to be President. The torment in John McCain through Ed Harris's eyes is more eloquent that any line of dialogue. As is Nicolle Wallace, played brilliantly by Sarah Paulson. Her torment is also so real you can touch it. A special mention should go to Woody Harrelson, es Steve Schmidt, extraordinary. Writers, directors and everybody involved deserve oodles of praise. They told us a piece of recent American history about a woman who thought her Vice Presidency was "God's plan"

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