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Three Candidates, Two blind Politicians, One Race. Anytown USA follows a tightly run race in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey and resonates as an all-too-familiar look at partisan politics in our increasingly polarized nation.

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All politics is local in this hilarious burlesque of a documentary following a tightly-run mayoral race in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey. When the much-reviled--and legally blind--Republican incumbent Steven Lonegan boldly announces he will run for re-election, the citizens of Bogota go on the offensive to unseat him. Enter Democrat Fred Pesce, coaxed from retirement to share the ticket. With his health in question, and his politics compared to those of Tony Soprano, the field is wide open for sight-challenged town booster and former local football hero Dave Musikant to step in as a long-shot write-in independent candidate--officially making it the only mayoral race in the nation where two of the three candidates are legally blind! Add to the mix the machinations of Jesse "The Body" Ventura's campaign manager, and Anytown USA resonates as an all-too-familiar look at the charade of partisan politics in our increasingly polarized nation. Written by Jamie Hook

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Think Spike Lee or Kevin Smith following a group of candidates for mayor around for three months.
18 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I laughed, I cried. This film lacks state-of-the-art technical values but doesn't need them. It reminded me of an early Spike Lee or Kevin Smith work - the first few minutes seem like an unpolished video, and without any apparent transition you are drawn in to an incredibly compelling story. Kristian Fraga shows the dirt of a local political campaign without taking sides and carries the suspense right to the end. Can a write-in candidate compete with the two major parties? With a popular incumbent running for re-election? How about if he gets the brains behind Jesse Ventura's successful bid as an independent? Will that work? Tip O'Neill said "All politics is local" but seeing this play-by-play rerun of a local mayoral election proves just how right he was. Go see it while you can - it won't be in theaters long.


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