Our Brand Is Crisis

2015, Comedy, 1h 48m

174 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Our Brand Is Crisis offers sporadic amusement and benefits from a talented cast, but ultimately lacks enough of a bite to add much of interest to the political satire genre. Read critic reviews

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Failing badly in the polls, a Bolivian presidential candidate enlists the services of an American management team for help. The main star is "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant strategist who comes out of self-imposed retirement for a chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy. With Candy working for the opposition, it becomes a down-and-dirty, all-out battle between political consultants, where nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.

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  • Oct 04, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2016
    Entertaining and provocative, Our Brand Is Crisis is a satirical political drama. The story follows a political strategist who's recruited to help the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate, and decides that in order to win they'll have to convince the people that the country is in a crisis. Featuring Sandra Bullock, Joaquim de Almeida, Billy Bob Thornton, and Zoe Kazan, the film has an impressive cast. And, the writing does a pretty good job at avoiding specific issues, focusing instead on political campaigning in general. However, the plot takes a strange turn at the end, suddenly becoming serious and moralistic. It's a little unfocused and has some storytelling issues, but Our Brand Is Crisis is still an interesting and enjoyable film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2016
    This film was such a mixed bag I didn't even notice that it was clearly a white savior narrative. Between the shoddy humor, the weird performance from Billy Bob Thornton, and the strange ethical and moral implications of Jane's (Bullock) involvement, this is a strange mélange of weird. The story follows a disgraced prior campaign advisor who starts working against a former opponent on a campaign in Bolivia. The film's plot follows her involvement in a former president's bid for re-election. From the premise you would think this was a film about a political candidate changing his mind on big issues, and becoming a true leader. Instead the film isn't exactly sure what tone, or message, it wants to leave audiences with. It doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy, drama, or biopic. I'm sure the 2005 documentary this is based off of is much better and less concerned with being preachy. The ending is where the white savior narrative comes into play, and the film is very unsure how she even is one. A white outsider coming in, especially into Bolivia which is anti-American and has been controlled by foreign interests for decades, would not experience a huge amount of success. Overall this is a mixed film that doesn't entertain except when Bullock is being inflammatory and angry in the best way.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    I found this film entertaining with Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in believable roes with good performances. The chemistry between the two holds up the poor story when needed.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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