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Grassroots (2012)

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After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Cogswell
Emily Bowen
Nick Ricochet
Theresa Glendon
Richard McIver
Joe Mandragona ...
Connie Thompson ...
Connie Thompson


After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Democracy with a smile


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 November 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Candidatos à Encrenca  »

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Opening Weekend:

$6,497 (USA) (22 June 2012)


$6,497 (USA) (22 June 2012)

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Did You Know?


In promotional YouTube videos you can see cameo appearances by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, his spokesperson Aaron Pickus and Cary Moon, director of the People's Waterfront Coalition. Grant Cogswell wrote a feature-length story in the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger about how McGinn, Pickus, Moon and many others were carrying his vision of a more equitable and sustainable transportation system. They are featured in a monorail scene and are sitting in the background, chatting with other passengers. See more »


References Rocky (1976) See more »


For Zombies By Zombies
Written and Performed by The Ruby Doe
Courtesy of Loveless Records
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Weak direction lacks intent
22 June 2013 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

One weakness of this film is that it lacks any enticement to draw you in to watch it. If the viewer gives it a chance, there is a modest amount of entertainment to be found, but don't expect to be blown away by its brilliance.

The direction is weak, and shows little intent about why this story is being told. It's based on an actual city council campaign from a few years ago in Seattle (using the real names of the people), where an unknown challenges to unseat the incumbent with nothing but grassroots support. The film does not offer much reason to make anyone care about the characters. It paints them as childish and brash; the kind of losers that would be thrown out of a frat party for being too weird. The real people that the film is about were either pathetic, or the director has woefully overstated their negative traits. Not a good approach, even in a comedy.

The acting is up to par, considering what the cast is given to work with. All too often, the director has them shouting f-bombs, apparently in the name of humor. The ending is glaringly predictable as to what the outcome will be, for the election result, as well as the side plots.

Still, with all the directorial boo-boo's, the movie manages some elements of the whole "underdog makes an impact" routine. Taken at face value, it makes for mild entertainment.

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