Grassroots (2012)



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Movie Info

A short-tempered, unemployed music critic who likes to dress as a polar bear thinks he can harness the power of the people to ride the monorail to political victory in Seattle. And he's right. Almost. It's before Twitter, before the flash mob, before Obama. It's 2001, and political unknown Grant Cogswell decides he must take down Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver. Grant has only one dream, but it's a big one: an elegant monorail gliding silently above the city's wet streets. Grassroots is a … More

Rating: R (for pervasive language and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Gyllenhaal, Justin B. Rhodes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2012
Box Office: $6.5k
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as Grant Cogswell

as Richard McIver

as Phil Campbell

as Emily Bowen

as Nick Ricochet

as Theresa Glendon

as Musician

as ACLU Lawyer #1

as ACLU Lawyer #2

as Connie Thompson

as Receptionist

as Augusta D'Amico

as Genzlinger

as Pernell Alden

as First Questioner

as Second Questioner

as Moderator

as Reporter #1

as Reporter #2

as Reporter #3

as Reporter #4

as Agent Goecker

as Agent Sikora

as NY News Reporter

as Tate Austin

as Campaign Volunteer

as Cleve Stockmeyer

as Comet House Band

as Grant Cogswell
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Critic Reviews for Grassroots

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

An enjoyable, fitfully engaging but ever-so-slightly forgettable minor-key political comedy.

Full Review… | November 6, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Grassroots is a movie where bad ideas, because they're the ones championed by the "correct" side, are king. It never acknowledges that sometimes idealism is just another kind of manipulation.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Top Critic

At first glance, "Grassroots" doesn't seem like much of an idea for a movie. Nor at second, third or fourth glance.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Although it only glosses the mechanics of local politics, it exudes an endearingly scruffy charm.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

This is one film as misguided as the business-as-usual subject it aims to critique.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Grassroots

Gyllenhaal's film is based on the true story of Grant Cogswell, an out of work music critic who ran for city council in Seattle's 2001 campaign, his ticket a promise to extend the city's monorail in an attempt to make the city more accessible for it's working classes. As portrayed by Moore, he's an unlikable but enthusiastic presence with limited social skills. Running his anarchic campaign is Biggs, an impressive performance as a journalist recently fired from The Stranger for being too political. For the most part the film relies on the usual cliches of the campaign trail with our protagonists setting out with the best intentions but resorting to more and more dirty tricks as their success grows. Cogswell's incumbent opponent is a conservative African-American with ties to big business and the issue of liberal hypocrisy is raised in a way we rarely see with many white liberals preferring to vote for a right-wing black politician than the left-wing Cogswell who best represents their views.
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