As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
K. O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.
Set against the backdrop of a mythic "New West," a satire that follows grammatically-challenged, "user-friendly" candidate Dicky Pilager, scapegrace scion of Colorado's venerable Senator Jud Pilager, during his gubernatorial campaign. When Pilager finds that he's reeled in a corpse during the taping of an environmental political ad, his ferocious campaign manager, Chuck Raven, hires former idealistic journalist turned rumpled private detective Danny O'Brien to investigate potential links between the corpse and the Pilager family's enemies. Danny's investigation pulls him deeper and deeper into a complex web of influence and corruption, involving high stakes lobbyists, media conglomerates, environmental plunderers, and undocumented migrant workers. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Without getting into any of the political debate that I'm sure this film will dredge up, let me just say that I enjoyed it on its merits and I would recommend it to anyone. It was nice to see a movie that isn't tired old recyled Hollywood fare. Fast paced and funny with a whole heck of a lot of familiar faces. I've always been a big Richard Dreyfuss fan and as usual he does not disappoint. I guess what struck me as odd is that I never saw any trailers for this movie or any media coverage for that matter. While the Dicky might remind people of some of the lesser qualities of GWB I still don't see why this movie is so far been quietly 'shoved under the rug'. Then again it is an election season.
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