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Very entertaining adaption of the controversial novel by Joe Klein (i.e., "Anonymous") examines a presidential campaign by Gov. Jack Stanton, a politician who wants to help the "common people," but can't control his bad temper, his appetite for junk food, and his sexual craving for virtually every woman he meets. His wife (Emma Thompson) and his campaign team (Adrian Lester, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, and Maura Tierney) debate, contrast, and yet enable his reckless behavior. Director Mike Nichols and scenarist Elaine May, who both have a knack for storytelling, propose a fundamental question: Can anybody become President of the United States today without being an asshole? The film doesn't try to provide and answer to this, which makes it both fun to watch and discuss later, and D.A. Pennebaker's Clinton documentary The War Room makes for a great companion piece. Solid transfer, trailer, textual supplements.

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