Game Change (2012)
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as John McCain
as Sarah Palin
as Steve Schmidt
as Rick Davis
as Mark Salter
as Nicolle Wallace
as Mark Wallace
as Todd Palin
as Chris Edwards
as Bexie Nobles
as Tucker Eskew
as Fred Davis
as Steve Biegun
as Randy Scheunemann
as A.B. Culvahouse
as Joe Lieberman
as Lindsey Graham
as Bill McInturff
as Cindy McCain
as Matthew Scully
as Meghan McCain
as Bristol Palin
as Piper Palin
as Willow Palin
as Trig Palin
as Ted Frank
as Track Palin
as Levi Johnston
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Critic Reviews for Game Change
Try as the filmmakers might, it just isn't the same. How could it be, really?
Actress Moore makes one actually feel sorry for Sarah Palin at points in this wonderful film.
The dramatic re-creations are somewhat uneven: The convention staging is quite convincing, the campaign trail less so.
The constant use of actual news footage adds a bit of verisimilitude but also constantly raises the question of why this lightly fictionalized version of the election actually needs to exist.
Game Change, which explores how smart people make dumb decisions, is a movie for all of us.
Audience Reviews for Game Change
This look into the political sphere surrounding the 2008 election is eye opening, very intuitive, and looks and feels like a real depiction of those seen more as celebrities than politicians. Whether or not you find the view slanted, and liberal biases threaded throughout, it was a really microscopic look into the spectrum of political punditry nowadays, how a candidate's look and youth appeal are weighted heavier than their ideology. Palin (Moore) is of course demonized as an ignorant fame whore who finds the work too difficult but the fame heartening. Harris plays John McCain as a hearty, robust American who only wants to calm the nerves of a perverse society and give order once again. He's shown as the good guy, part of the Lost Generation, and Palin is the new, the stupid, the lazy America of youth. It's almost heart breaking to watch Palin get humiliated by the public when she has a certain level of integrity and small town charm. Even if she is demonized, she's depicted as a good person thrust onto the national stage without preparedness, which leaves her looking vulnerable, if overly ambitious.
Julianne Moore scores a personal triumph in this making a woman who is basically an unqualified not terribly bright egoist at least seem human and somewhat used. Quite a feat. The rest of the production is high caliber with exemplary work from Ed Harris, Sarah Paulson and particularly Woody Harrelson. The rest of the supporting cast, Peter MacNicol, Larry Sullivan et. al, is just as strong. It's disquieting though to realize how close an uninformed puppet came to a seat of supreme power.
One of those political dramas that skips the red/blue dichotomy to remind you that politicians are people too. You walk away with a profound respect for Senator McCain, a deep sympathy for Governor Palin, and an overwhelming relief for the outcome of the 2008 election.
Overall, a well made movie. Julianne Moore does wonderfully in her attempt to add color to the most colorful character in recent politics, and Woody Harrelson proves again that he is one of the finest actors of the generation. Entertaining and fun, in a History channel sort of way.
Game Change Quotes
|Sarah Palin:||I want to do what I want to do.|
|Steve Schmidt:||No news story lasts more than 48 hours anymore. News is no longer remembered--it's just meant to be entertainment.|
|Steve Schmidt:||This guy's raising money like he's his own ATM machine.|
|Steve Schmidt:||There are unknowns with Palin, and ah, certainly it could go bad. But if it were me, I'd rather lose by ten points going for the win than lose by one point and look back and say 'Goddamn, we should have gone for the win'.|
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