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56th BFI London Film Festival Review - Grassroots (2012)

19 October 2012 7:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Grassroots, 2012. 

Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal

Starring Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose, Cobie Smulders, Tom Arnold, Christopher McDonald and Cedric the Entertainer.


An unemployed journalist decides to help his eccentric friend run for a seat on the Seattle city council while also trying to keep his relationship with his girlfriend together.

In this age of politicians garnering insults about expenses, philandering and, perhaps more suitable, talking about the 47% and the like, Grassroots comes at a time where it can most capitalise on peoples’ feelings towards mayors, ministers and other misers. It’s colourful, sugar covered sheen ensures our heroes, Phil (Biggs) and Grant (Moore), are the ones to root for. When better to root for two down on their luck oddballs than when politicians everywhere (especially the ones up for election soon in a mostly unknown country across the Atlantic) are under intense scrutiny?

This cynicism disguised as sincerity is confronted as Grant, »

- flickeringmyth

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