At the "root" of this film is a good story. It talks about the power of the people and taking on those that have so much more power than most of us can ever hope to have. Somewhere during the telling of this little homily, however, the audience gets a little bored and distracted. It wouldn't surprise me if the gist of the film was forgotten by most rather quickly.
The movie tries to be relatable. Jason Biggs' character is losing his girlfriend in the process of following his heart's career inspiration. Grant Cogswell, played by actor Joel David Moore, is a bit of a buffoon and lacks the training and refinement that many believe necessary for any serious politician. We can see our college selves in these determined young men; and yet that isn't quite enough to keep us enamored with Stephen Gyllenhaal's script. There seemed to be a certain spark missing... just a little nameless thing that could have made the magic happen on the screen.
The activists among you will enjoy this as a feel good boost. The rest of you may not really care. I'm kind of on the fence, myself, and calling it right down the middle.