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Running Mates (2000)

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Tom Selleck is a governor who is campaigning to win the presidential nomination.

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Gov. James Reynolds Pryce
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Lauren Hartman
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Jennifer 'Jenny' Pryce
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Shawna
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Meg Gable
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Sen. Terrence Randall
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Sen. Mitchell Morris
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Jody Daniels
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Aide Fermin
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Aide Sam
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Heather Gable
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Brooke Pryce
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Tom Selleck is a governor who is campaigning to win the presidential nomination.

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Written by Sid Robin, Charles Shavers, Glenn Osser
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"Running Mates" has its likeable moments . . . the scenes come fast and the editing kept the story moving.
17 August 2000 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

TNT had been promoing this one since the winter primary season, so I expected something like a blockbuster. Fool me once . . . Actually, "Running Mates" has its likeable moments and it did close with an uplifting plot turn, though it was one you could see coming. The scenes came fast, which I thought worked, and the editing kept the story moving.

The disappointments were in the utter phony silliness of certain aspects of what was a crackling good presentation much of the time. For example, the character of the Texas VP hopeful; that style wouldn't have worked in a good movie or TV show 40 years ago. The four women all having something in common with Tom Selleck's Gov. Pryce was a forced issue and hard to believe -- and also unnecessary. The vice-presidential decision coming on the night of Selleck's acceptance speech was likewise fiction and likewise not necessary; just a cheap hook to keep viewers tuned in all the way to the final credits.

There were a lot of good vignettes, the real TV personalities gave the movie a newscast feel, and Selleck and Bob Gunton as the reluctant VP candidate were the best of a good cast. Overall, a slick production that was certainly watchable. But it seems to me if you're doing this kind of thing during a political convention and tying in so many real events, you'd want to make the entire movie as real as possible. The production/directorial decisions that deviated from that are hard to fathom.


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