A Florida con man uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the ...
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A Florida con man uses the passing of the long time Congressman from his district who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the money flows from lobbyists. But soon he learns the nature of the game and decides to fight back the only way he knows how, with a con. Written by
Craig D. Barker <email@example.com>
This comedy about an African-American politician was made and released just under a decade or nine years before another, Head of State (2003) starring Chris Rock. The earlier movie The Man (1972) had a story-line centered around, "The First Black President of the United States", as a tagline for the picture stated, with his inauguration featuring prominently on movie poster's for the 1970s film. Actor James Earl Jones was interviewed about portraying a fictional black U.S. president in The Man (1972) a few days before Barack Obama was sworn in as President on 20th January 2009. Jones said that he had misgivings about the film, mostly because they were blindsided when the project, which had been planned and budgeted as a tele-movie, was then released in theaters, and he wished that they'd had more time and resources to make a stronger final film. See more »
When the Congressmen are out in the field hunting, they spot a flock of geese and commence firing. However, even though we hear the sound of multiple rapid gunfire, none of the weapons (M16s) have any fire spitting from the barrels, nor do any spent cartridges eject. See more »
[trying to bribe Congressman Dodge]
This could mean six figures, Dick.
[Dick Dodge raises his eyebrows]
HIGH six figures.
[Dodge raises his eyebrows twice]
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You may think that, I couldn't possibly comment...
Normally, I dont like Eddie Murphy films. This is a definite exception. He is not as over the top as in a lot of his roles, and carries it off with charm and substance, a little like Will Smith does now.
The plot (concerning a con man who decides theres more money to be made in politics) is for the most part hilarious, but seriously falls down into schmaltz once he starts developing a conscience.
Also, it is not as scathing about the American political system as it could be, giving out the impression that apart from a few bad apples, the majority of politicians do have the publics best interests at heart.
Anyone who enjoyed this should try and check out the English tv series "Yes, Minister". It is written by the director of this film (Jonathan Lynn) and is really much more effective in dealing with the British political system. Another british series along these lines is "House of Cards" and its follow ups, which really pulls no punches at all. And stars Ian Richardson. What more could you possibly want?
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