Game Change (2012)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wallace
David Barry Gray ...
Chris Edwards
Bexie Nobles
Tucker Eskew
Fred Davis
Randy Scheunemann
A.B. Culvahouse


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 <>

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Politics would never be the same.


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When Woody Harrelson tells "Sarah Palin" that "if all goes to plan the Secret Service Agents will be with (her) the rest of (her) life", the "plan" he is referring to is that she would eventually succeed McCain and also be President. On countless occasions throughout the film Palin is being discussed as to her ability to One day be President and a future leader of the Republican Party. See more »


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 »


John McCain: [nervous about Sarah's convention speech] I don't know. I don't know.
Steve Schmidt: Hey, she's gonna be fine.
John McCain: Really?
Steve Schmidt: Absolutely.
[Steve wanders over to Nicolle]
Steve Schmidt: Is she gonna be okay?
Nicolle Wallace: I'm more concerned about one-on-ones.
Steve Schmidt: How bad?
Nicolle Wallace: I'm not sure how much she knows about foreign policy. She didn't know why North and South Korea were different countries.
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10 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie! Reminds me that Sarah Palin was not anywhere near ready to be picked for Vice President. Movie does make you feel sorry for Palin. But, than again thinking more about what has happened since the 2008 election and NOT feeling sorry for her. If she were anything like the "victim" then she would NOT keep trying to be in the national public eye. I sure hope she finally realizes she will NEVER be a national political figure. Anything else is just a scary thought. Julianne Moore did an excellent job playing Sarah Palin and she got it right in saying this movie shows what's wrong with our democracy. When someone like John McCain can pick a Vice President candidate purely for political purposes KNOWing she was NOT fit to be President (which IS the primary job of a Vice President), then you know this is a problem for our country.

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