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I'm not as disappointed with this movie as the other reviewer, but it does fall short of what it could have been given the ability of the performers involved. Diane Keaton is a splendid actor, arguably the best contemporary female actor, and Ed Harris is underrated and very capable. And they really do work off each other very well here. But there is no hard edge to the script and the protagonists could have been conducting a romance amid the Royal Horticultural Association's general elections rather than on the cutting edge of the world's most powerful job - the president of the United States of America. Sure, Keaton's character has a dodgy incident in her past which may or may not compromise Ed Harris' chances at the Presidency, but I found it all a bit sanitized and undergraduate, especially now that we know what presidents are capable of getting up to in the Oval Office. And I would have thought Ed Harris' character's bachelor status would have been more likely to raise eyebrows amongst the wowsers and prudes than Diane Keaton's prankish indiscretion. Running Mates never quite makes it as a comedy or a drama: a dilemma of genre that The American President with Michael Douglas had no problem in overcoming. But it is a very pleasant diversion and watching Diane Keaton act is always rewarding. 71/2out of 10
Hugh (Ed Harris) is a hotshot, bachelor senator determined to run for president. One day, however, he happens upon an old high school classmate named Aggie. Aggie (Diane Keaton) is an accomplished and award-winning author with a lovely face and an independent spirit. Hugh is smitten. He convinces Aggie to become his fiancé. But, will Aggie have to sacrifice her principles of honesty in the world of politics, where things are not always what they seem to be? And, will she be able to withstand the rigors of a harsh media blitz? This is, mostly, a nice romance for those who adore tales of affection. Hugh and Aggie are absolutely in love and their banter and conversation are a good view. However, although the movie tries to show the political life in its reality, it doesn't completely succeed. Nevermind. The production values are high and the script is very elegantly written. With these advantages and the handsome personages of Keaton and Harris, those who sit down to the film will find it to be good entertainment.
To me, the final scene, in which Harris responds to the press corp, is worthy of viewing this intelligent and timeless slice of politics(especially the campaign phase). If only the "real-life" pols would respond in the intelligent, articulate manner as did Mr Harris,then the arrogant, self-serving members of the press would perhaps think twice before surfacing irrelevant, confrontational "garbage" that has absolutely nothing to do with a candidates abilities to effectively handle the challenges of the office for which he/she is pursuing.
Running Mates is an excellent movie charmed with two great performances. Ed
Harris and Diane Keaton were spectacular! The chemistry between the two
breathtaking and very romantic. A must see in the romance
Most of all I remember being disappointed by this made for HBO movie. Diane Keaton, Ed Harris, and most of the rest of this cast are respected actors with long lists of well received works to their credit. It's shocking to see them all together in a movie that manages to come up just short in nearly every respect.
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