Irresistible

2020, Comedy, 1h 41m

225 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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A soft political satire that proves frustratingly less than the sum of its talented parts, Irresistible is anything but. Read critic reviews

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A Democratic political consultant helps a retired Marine colonel run for mayor in a small Wisconsin town.

Cast & Crew

Steve Carell
Gary Zimmer
Rose Byrne
Faith Brewster
Chris Cooper
Jack Hastings
Mackenzie Davis
Diana Hastings
C.J. Wilson
Dave Vanelton
Brent Sexton
Mayor Braun
Bruce Altman
Mr. Peeler
Jon Stewart
Screenwriter
Christina Oh
Executive Producer
Brad Pitt
Executive Producer
Bobby Bukowski
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Mike Selemon
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Bryce Dessner
Original Music
Grace Yun
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Brittany Hites
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Aimee Athnos
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Alex Bovaird
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Critic Reviews for Irresistible

All Critics (225) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (134)

  • It's plain all along that Stewart has little interest in his characters and their troubles except as a means for him to score didactic points, primarily about the evils of unrestricted campaign financing.

    October 16, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • I don't think it works well as a drama or a comedy. It's not especially funny... There's a good message here, but it's buried under a lot of stuff that doesn't work.

    July 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • In desperate need of ruthless incisiveness, it goes soft at every turn.

    July 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Jon Stewart can't actually be bothered to show us any diversity throughout Irresistible, and it's a failing of the film that shows his own ideological narrowness.

    July 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Irresistible" is the insightful, laugh-out-loud comedy we needed during this election year. Putting into perspective what is truly important in any leadership role.

    June 24, 2021 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Though at times the narrative opposition is uneven, and the tension sometimes feels forced, the intent is solid.

    June 10, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Irresistible

  • Jul 09, 2020
    Off the bat, I'll admit that I'm not all that much of a political person, even though I do follow the biggest news stories that come out of it. For that reason alone, movies that revolve around them are hard to impress me. It truly does take some great writing to engage me in the story they're telling. In the case of Irresistible, it really came down to the fact that the cast worked really well together because I found this movie to be otherwise dull, even though there are some very solid moments of storytelling. While I can't exactly recommend this movie to everyone, here's why I believe some viewers may like it a lot more.  Following Democrat Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) as he is tasked with helping Conservative Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) realize that he truly speaks like a Democrat and that he should change his viewpoints, Irresistible plays out as a drama, that thinks it's a comedy and falls somewhere in the middle. I personally didn't find the movie itself all that funny, but Carell brings his A-Game here and his subtle humor lept off the screen. If the character of Gary Zimmer wasn't so adamant about getting his way, this movie would've fallen flat on its face. This entire film relies on the fact that he needs to accomplish his goals. Not only Carell, but the rest of the cast shines as well, which I'm positive came down to the fact that John Stewart was at the helm as director.  Admittedly, I have not watched 2014s Rosewater, also directed by Stewart, so this was my first experience with him behind the lens. Just from watching this film, I can see that he has a knack for working with actors. Being an actor himself, he has absolutely picked up some knowledge. I feel that's the case with the majority of actors who take a turn as a director, after a long career of watching how it all goes down. In many ways, even though this story is based on actual events, it really did feel like an independent voice being heard, with Stewart both writing and directing.   Now, here's where my review may seem a little muddled. As I said, I'm not big into politics, but even I was finding myself wondering how a story like this from the pst had any relevance at all in today's climate. The story itself makes for a few interesting or funny scenes and the conclusion was actually quite enjoyable, but the journey throughout just felt like a slow, meandering look at the lower end of the political scene. That wasn't enough to keep me engaged, so I was found myself looking for the comedic chops in every performer on-screen, which definitely held the movie together for me.  In the end, this is a film that would've been so much better with a spin on this true story that related to today's politics a little more. From Steve Carell to Rose Byrne, this cast is a great one and they do the best with what they are given, but the comedy that's trying to break through this slow-moving film just felt off to me. Where the story begins and ends had me interested, but as I said, it meanders far too much. Irresistible could've been a better film with some adjustments, but I do feel that fans of these actors or fans of a political feud between come characters might find a little more enjoyment out of this one than I did. Not a terrible movie by any means, but kind of a dull experience, especially when looking at it as a comedy.
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