John Hogan ran for the second congressional district for Missouri in August of 2006. Some would call John Hogan a politician, some would call him a man seeking change in society, and some ... See full summary »
John Hogan ran for the second congressional district for Missouri in August of 2006. Some would call John Hogan a politician, some would call him a man seeking change in society, and some would call him a dirty old man. The Politician is about a man who enjoys politics, ties, American flag pins, and the female body. Did he really run for congress? Or did he run from an angry husbands after Fillibustering with his wife? Its up to the viewer to decide whether it is true or false in this spin on an everyday old man's life of politics and big breasted females. Written by
To be honest, I had not heard about this movie until last week when I saw a poster advertising it as a free show at the Community College I go to with a led discussion to follow. I read a brief bit of it before going into it, though other than knowing it was going to deal with sexual topics, I had no other expectations.
My first thoughts on the movie was that it was like a fantasy. There were many stereotypes, and many of those were portrayed almost to an extreme. The main characters faced little to no gay opposition or hardships that would be expected. There were at least 2 subplots underlying the main plot which I think detracted from the focus. What was the message supposed to be? Was this supposed to be an artistic movie or a movie to educate, because it definitely wasn't a blockbuster aim like Brokeback Mountain.
There were definitely too much cliché and stereotypes for my likes. Since it is an older film, the group I was in discussed if the time of the material was a factor. I pointed to a movie about gay men like The Hotdog Banquet from the early 30s as a better movie in my opinion because it was better scripted and the plot lines weren't too diverse.
Was this supposed to be an exploration of gender issues? As a romantic comedy, sad to say, I'd probably rather watch a Silent movie. However, would I see this movie again? Sure. Would I recommend it to people? Sure, if they don't mind the nudity or sexual issues dealing with politicians. I give it a 10 because I found portions I could identify with because of my friends. Parts of the movie drew me in; I laughed, I felt pain. The acting wasn't bad, the filmography was pretty good, the soundtrack was good, the direction could have been better.
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