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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.

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Phil Campbell (book), Stephen Gyllenhaal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Biggs ... Phil Campbell
Joel David Moore ... Grant Cogswell
Lauren Ambrose ... Emily Bowen
Cobie Smulders ... Clair
Tom Arnold ... Tommy
Todd Stashwick ... Nick Ricochet
D.C. Pierson ... Wayne
Emily Bergl ... Theresa Glendon
Christopher McDonald ... Jim Tripp
Cedric the Entertainer ... Richard McIver
Michael Nardelli ... Willis
Noah Harpster ... Marvin
Sean Nelson ... Musician
Joe Mandragona Joe Mandragona ... Kevin
Connie Thompson Connie Thompson ... Connie Thompson
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Democracy with a smile

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Candidatos à Encrenca See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,497, 24 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,497, 24 June 2012
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Votiv Films,MRB Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References Cthulhu (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Cats And Dogs
Written by Kenny Hensley (as Kenneth Hensley), Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell, Charity Rose Thielen, Tyler Williams (as Robert Williams) and Chris Zasche (as Christopher Zasche)
Performed by The Head and the Heart
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records and Music Alternatives LLC
On Behalf of Buddies and Snacks (ASCAP) / Snacks and Buddies (BMI)
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Weak direction lacks intent
22 June 2013 | by MartianOctocretr5See 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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