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Release Date:
October 2004 (USA) See more »
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It's a political party!
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"Politically Incorrect" meets "Dinner for Five" as three women and three men passionately discuss controversial sociopolitical issues that are relevant to all Americans. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jay Jordan Farber ... Himself
Rachel Wolf ... Herself

Heidi Mastrogiovanni ... Herself
Ray Richmond ... Himself
Charles Hirsch ... Himself
Debbie Frank ... Herself

Directed by
Jay Jordan Farber 
Rachel Wolf 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jay Jordan Farber 
Rachel Wolf 

Produced by
Jay Jordan Farber .... executive producer
Jay Jordan Farber .... producer
Rachel Wolf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jay Jordan Farber 
Rachel Wolf 
 
Film Editing by
Jay Jordan Farber 
Thomas Meracz 
Rachel Wolf 
 
Casting by
Rachel Wolf 
 
Sound Department
Brian Hawlk .... sound recordist
Jimmy Kuehn .... boom operator
Chris Olson .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jen Chau .... still photographer (as Jennifer Chau)
M. Danner .... assistant camera
Thomas C. Gertsch .... camera operator (as Tom Gertsch)
Thomas Meracz .... best boy
Dan Settani .... camera operator
John Smith .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Nicole Conrad .... production assistant
Alison Friedman .... production assistant
Laura Kelly .... production assistant
 

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87 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
This is a gem worth finding, 10 November 2004
Author: good2work4 from Beverly Hills, CA

I didn't know what to expect when I saw this movie. I work at an agency and a screener came in as a submission. There's nobody famous in it. And it's a documentary. Sort of. Turns out these two filmmakers decided they had enough with the apathy in America and our ineffective government, so they put their money where their mouth is and made a movie in a grass roots way.

Now I won't kid you. The camera work is pretty bad, but you can't blame them for that, since everyone worked for free and donated their time because they believed in what it was about. But once you get beyond the camera work which only takes a few minutes, you start to get into what they're all talking about, and then you forgive the visual shortcomings.

The six people in this movie are all smart and not afraid to say what's on their minds. I found myself wanting to join in their conversation, and it was frustrating that the fourth wall was there. I really wanted to respond to things they'd say. Sometimes I agreed with them. Some of the stuff they talked about was different from how I think but I still liked hearing another point of view because it got me thinking. I guess that's the point of this movie. They want you to think and they want you to talk about these things.

I don't want to give away any of the jokes, but a lot of it was funny and that surprised me. They didn't take it seriously all the way through and had a good time which made the movie enjoyable to watch.

They covered all of those hot buttons like capital punishment, criminal justice, medical marijuana, assisted suicide, abortion, gun control and things the media and politicians really should be talking about. They used silent movie style cards with quotes of famous people that tied into each scene and interspersed through the movie were brief monologues from each person about why they did the movie. There was also a catchy title song called Long Live America which it turns out the filmmakers actually wrote and sang.

The directors could be the next Michael Moore. I think they're onto something. You can tell it's low budget but it doesn't matter since the content is great. I'd rather see a movie like this that has substance and lacks the bells and whistles, than a slick Hollywood star-driven vehicle that has no heart.

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