In 1988, Democratic presidential favorite Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) told the press to “follow him around” if they thought he had any secrets to hide. They did, and uncovered an extramarital affair that led to the candidate’s (self) destruction. The scandal forever changed the relationship between the media and politicians. Jason Reitman’s even-handed but somewhat timid film resonates today, if only by reminding us of a more honorable and innocent time when cheating on one’s wife (or second wife, or third) could bring down a politician. Great supporting work by Vera Farmiga and J. K. Simmons. (113 min)
About Don Morton
Don Morton has viewed some 6,000 movies, frequently awake. A bachelor and avid cyclist, he currently divides his time between Tokyo and a high-tech 4WD super-camper somewhere in North America.