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  • Post last modified:November 18, 2018

The Front Runner


As Democratic senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) embarks in 1987 on another campaign for the presidency, reporters get wind of a possible extramarital affairā€¦ Matt Baiā€™s book showed us how American journalism was transformed because of the ā€Monkey Businessā€ scandal, but the impact is lessened onscreen, perhaps because weā€™ve seen these stories so many times before and the academic lessons of what happened were better captured in the book. Still, Jackman is perfect as Hart, a brilliant political thinker who suffered from poor personal judgment. Interesting as a comparison to our times, but hardly riveting.

2018-U.S. 113 min. Color. Directed byĀ Jason Reitman. Screenplay: Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman. Book: Matt Bai (ā€All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloidā€). Cast: Hugh Jackman (Gary Hart), Vera Farmiga (Oletha ā€Leeā€ Hart), J.K. Simmons (Bill Dixon), Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton, Mamoudou Athieā€¦ Mike Judge, Kevin Pollak.



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