political movies

Rob Edelman: Politicians, Real And Made-Up

Aug 17, 2015

Dennis Hastert. Dean Skelos. Sheldon Silver. And who knows how many others... Why is it that, whenever there is breaking news about a politician who is arrested, indicted, or under investigation, our immediate response more than likely is: “So what else is new?” And why do we become so immersed in HOUSE OF CARDS, the frequently riveting Netflix series, and knowingly nod our heads over the behavior of Francis Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey: a manipulative, power-hungry American politician?


   “The Interview” opened nationwide in 300 theaters Christmas Day. Moviegoers who flocked to see the picture apparently were more interested in the world drama the film produced than the movie itself.

Some who saw "The Interview" in New York City told local media they felt it was their "patriotic duty" to do so - the Seth Rogen - James Franco film pokes fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony  originally canceled the premiere after a hack attack and terrorist threats against U.S. theaters.

As this interminably long political season threatens to heat up with the Democratic and Republican Party conventions, and so forth and so on, it is appropriate to cite a new film that lampoons the one-note sniping that has become so much a part of politics, American style. That film, of course, is THE CAMPAIGN, which features Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as candidates who comically butt heads while facing off in a North Carolina congressional race.