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
Politics would never be the same.
Did You Know?
, John Heilemann
The two original writers of the book Game Change, on which the film is based, appear as the two reporters asking Steve Schmidt about Palin's "amniotic fluid". See more
In a bedroom scene, Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin is wearing the third jersey of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche. This jersey was officially announced more than a year later on November 12, 2009 making it an anachronism for her character to be wearing it in 2008 during the Presidential campaign. See more
There's a dark side to American populism. Some people win elections tapping into it. I'm not one of those people.
Trouble In Mind
Written by Richard M. Jones
Performed by The Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Courtesy of Bloodshot Records
By arrangement with DePugh Music See more