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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

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A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate.

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Rivera Reporter
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In 2002, Bolivian politician Pedro Gallo hires American James Carville's political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum, to help him win the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. GCS brings in Jane Bodine to manage the campaign in Bolivia. Battling her arch nemesis, the opposition's political consultant Pat Candy. Written by Gerry Garcia

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From the Academy Award winning producers of ARGO See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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30 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Experta en crisis  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,238,433, 30 October 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,998,324, 13 December 2015
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Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan previously co-starred on Broadway in Martin McDonaghs "A Beheading in Spokane." See more »

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When the characters speak in Spanish, most of them have Mexican accents (including and most obviously Eduardo Camacho.) No real Bolivian accents are heard in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Jane: Is it soul-stealing? Yeah, it's soul-stealing. It's advertising. You convince people of something they don't need, and then you give it to 'em, and then you profit from it.
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Spun-off from Our Brand Is Crisis (2005) See more »

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Bongo Rock
Written by Preston Epps and Arthur Ergnoian
Performed by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band (as Incredible Bongo Band)
Courtesy of Mr. Bongo Worldwide
BY arrangement with Big Sounds International
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Insulting
29 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The world of political campaigns and elections is a never-ending treasure trove of material for movies. It's a subject ripe for parody, satire, comedy, suspense and documentaries. Need proof? How about this widely varied list: The Manchurian Candidate, Bob Roberts, Wag the Dog, Bulworth, Welcome to Mooseport, and The Ides of March. Director David Gordon Green has a resume equally as varied, ranging from Pineapple Express (2008) to Manglehorn (2014).

This wide spectrum of possibilities seems to have confused screenwriter Peter Straughan (the excellent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) who used Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary of the same name as inspiration. It seems to be both a comedy that's not too funny and a drama that not very dramatic. Casting Sandra Bullock in the lead probably created a certain feeling of security with the filmmakers, as they assumed audiences would laugh along at such creative moments as her predictable pratfall from a private jet, the sunglasses-on-the-nose look of consternation, and the rah-rah speech given to a group of campaign volunteers who don't speak English. Even fans of Ms. Bullock will recognize the laziness.

Alvin Lee and Ten Years After delivered the anthem "I'd Love to Change the World", and never before this movie had I placed it in such a negative manner … how the United States sticks its nose where it doesn't belong in international elections. Ms. Bullock's character Jane is a political strategist brought out of self-imposed exile to run the campaign of Bolivia's former President (played by Joaquim de Almeida). See he is far behind the leader in the polls – a progressive candidate whose campaign is being run by Bullock's long-time rival Pat Candy (played by Billy Bob Thornton). Let the juicy rivalry games begin! The only problem is … it's a wasted rivalry filled with mostly lame games and it's often quite plodding (just like real politics!). The character of Jane is based on the real life efforts of James Carville to influence South American elections, and yet it's Pat Candy who sports the look of Carville. The supporting cast is filled with talent: Anthony Mackie, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, and Zoe Kazan, yet none are given much to do other than play second fiddle to Bullock.

While the script offers no real surprises or twists, and the forced "message" at the end could be guessed by most any viewer 10 minutes in, it's the amateurish ploys that make this one score high on the annoyance scale. Having Ms. Bullock sport the only blonde follicles in Bolivia, the over-use of super slow-motion to create some unnecessary effect, and using the word "crisis" the way Tarantino uses the f-word, all combine to give the film a very cheesy look and feel … and we aren't even rewarded with a single memorable exchange between Bullock and Billy Bob. One thing for sure … this is not the garden spot of Bolivia.


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