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Actors and political activists come together to take a long, hard look at the State of the Union during the 2000 U.S. Presidential election in this documentary, a follow-up to 1993's The Last Party, in which actor Robert Downey Jr. followed the 1992 presidential campaign. In The Last Party 2000, with Robert Downey Jr. unavailable due to drug convictions (he does make a brief appearance, and his legal problems as well as the current state of American drug laws are discussed), Philip Seymour Hoffman takes his place as he visits the 2000 Democratic and Republican National Conventions and talks to politicians and activists both famous and obscure as a pitched battle is fought between supporters of democratic candidate Al Gore, republican nominee George W. Bush, and the many voices who believed neither candidate represented a worthwhile or reasonable choice. Along with Downey and Hoffman, celebrities speaking out on the issues in this film include Courtney Love, Rosie O'Donnell, Reese Witherspoon, and David Crosby; the rock band Stone Temple Pilots also appear at a political rally. The Last Party 2000 was directed by actor and musician Donovan Leitch, who served as a producer on the first film.
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Critic Reviews for The Party's Over

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The breadth of subjects covered precludes any response other than nebulous discontent.

Full Review… | October 31, 2003
Boston Globe
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Ending well before 9/11, the film may offer a quaint enough portrait of politics as usual at the turn of the new century, though one that hardly seems helpful in the face of the world's new realities.

October 30, 2003
New York Times
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Apart from the obvious problem that findings from this period are already dated, the scatter-shot approach of filmmakers Donovan Leitch and Rebecca Chaiklin gives too many issues too little time.

October 30, 2003
New York Post
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If it accomplishes anything at all -- and it's dubious -- The Party's Over proves what a fragmentalized, incompetent and inarticulate thing the Left in this country has become.

October 30, 2003
Newsday
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Highly entertaining and thought-provoking, but also frustrating -- which, ultimately, might be the point.

Full Review… | October 30, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Those seeking anything resembling a real discussion of the issues had best seek elsewhere.

Full Review… | October 29, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Party's Over

While it's not news to any of us, it may be a classic documentary in 20 years, and perhaps, if revisited annually, a good incentive for us to get off our lazy asses and actually do something about it. By "it" I mean the state of our failing democracy.

Carri Davis
Carri Davis
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[img]https://www.filmmovement.com/Images/Catalog1/large/img_b_theparty.gif[/img]Only the Right-Wing (as they have) would condemn this film. More denial over how far we've moved away from the Ideals of our Founding Fathers. Scary. What's the big deal about trying to get it right? Don't we owe the people who come after us a chance at a better life? It is not about prosperity but justice, clean air and water, being good stewards of the land, affordable health care, and caring about our brothers and sisters. Disgusting, even more so now that Bush has a second term. And the fact that we let him. Philip Seymour Hoffman gave another good performance. Low-key, but powerful. Especially his listening eyes.

M Sarki
M Sarki

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