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Game Change (2012)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | History  -  10 March 2012 (USA)
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Follows John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election.

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Summer, 2008: John McCain secures the nomination, but polls behind Barack Obama. Strategist Steve Schmidt suggests a game changer: picking a conservative female with media savvy, unknown Alaska governor Sarah Palin, as vice president. She's an immediate hit and a quick study - the gap closes. Then, Tina Fey's impersonation, a raft of criticism, and missing her family send Palin into a near-catatonic state: she doesn't prepare for her Katie Couric interview and bombs. Schmidt searches for an answer: don't expect her to learn the issues, but give her a script. Palin does well in the debate with Biden; she finds her voice, goes off script, and goes rogue. A mistake? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the beginning of the film a reporter asks "Can a soufflé rise twice?" This was a famous quote by the Australian Labor Prime Minister, Paul Keating about the opposition politician Andrew Peacock who was making a second attempt to gain the leadership of the Liberal Party in the 1980s. See more »

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When McCain is sitting on the couch talking to his advisor, it can be seen that the bottom button on his shirt is unbuttoned. After cutting away and then back to McCain, all of his buttons are done. See more »

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Steve Schmidt: [regarding "Troopergate" charges] You can't say you were cleared of all wrongdoing.
Sarah Palin: [applying lipstick] Why not?
Steve Schmidt: Because you weren't. The reports stated that you abused your power; that is the opposite of being cleared of all wrongdoing.
Sarah Palin: Then why was I told otherwise?
Steve Schmidt: You weren't told otherwise!
Sarah Palin: And why haven't you released a statement saying that Todd was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party?
Steve Schmidt: Because that would be untrue! He WAS a member.
Sarah Palin: He checked the WRONG BOX! He registered BY ...
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Trouble In Mind
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Performed by The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
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My sympathies
11 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

awesome movie! loved every minute.

I think the palin hate train has come to an end. We all had fun at her expense. At this point in the game I feel people are really sitting down and looking at what happened. There will always be those loyal to their party (on both sides) who refused to keep an open mind about any of this, and I'm sure you will see that well illustrated in the comments below,

however, as much as I personally deride the Republican Party for becoming what it has, this movie left me feeling sorry for both McCain and Palin, and sympathizing with their plight.

McCain was always well liked in my state (AZ) and always worked across the aisle to solve our State and Country problems. He had a pretty good record. Everything from jobs to promoting health care for the poor (yep, this used to be a Republican priority). I feel that this movie very well illustrates how he changed. McCain allowed his campaign to be driven by the need to win, and compromised his own integrities. He did not do this lightly or even willingly, but slowly it happened.

First, he allowed Palin to join the team for the purposes of winning (game changing pig) when he knew nothing about her and knew others were far more qualified to be President. Second, as the Palin problems started to arise, he tried to distance himself from them. In his mind, he was still running an honest campaign. Whatever was going on with Palin was not his responsibility. Finally he gave in to allowing his campaign to indulge in hateful, attack rhetoric against Obama that he clearly was opposed to (and has always been classically opposed to during his years in politics).

This period transformed him into the McCain we see today. The Maverick is gone. The new McCain is not so dissimilar from the party line. The new McCain panders to the TeaParty and extremists of Republican ideology. The new McCain contradicts the old McCain on a myriad of issues; everything from national health care, to campaign finance reform, to aiding the poor, and building infrastructure. To maintain his integrity, he finds himself focusing on the New Republican Party's safe zone: Foreign Policy. Unfortunately he has become vocal about reducing taxes on the rich, and has even begun to oppose women's rights.

I still believe McCain is a great human being and an excellent Republican Senator. To me, its not so much how he changed as it is the forces at work that changed him. That is the McCain Tragedy.

As for Palin, there isn't much to say. I feel that many people in this world are self-serving, single-minded, ignorant, malicious, and we could judge her all day on these attributes, and whatever else. Makes for poor discussion.

The real value of Game Change is that it does not focus on these trivialities. This isn't SNL. We all know the Palinisms by heart already. The movie instead focused on the effects of this debacle on the people around Palin, the Republican Party, and indeed the entire country. It is an indictment of many things wrong with politics, while also reminding us of the unavoidable karma that comes with being in the wrong. You can ignore it, denigrate it, spin it all you want, but it all comes out eventually, and justice is served.

You can't fool all the people all the time.


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