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Mitt Romney and his family are followed through their U.S. Presidential campaigns.

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Greg Whiteley

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Greg Whiteley

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Mitt Romney ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Candy Crowley ... Herself - Debate Moderator (archive footage)
Eric Draper Eric Draper ... Himself - Campaign Photographer
Jim Lehrer ... Himself - Debate Moderator (archive footage)
John McCain ... Himself - Presidential Candidate (archive footage)
Barack Obama ... Himself - President (archive footage)
Rob Portman Rob Portman ... Himself - Senator, Ohio
Ann Romney Ann Romney ... Herself - Mitt's Wife
Ben Romney Ben Romney ... Himself - Son
Craig Romney Craig Romney ... Himself - Son
Jenn Romney Jenn Romney ... Herself - Josh's Wife
Josh Romney ... Himself - Son
Laurie Romney Laurie Romney ... Herself - Matt's Wife
Mary Romney Mary Romney ... Herself - Craig's Wife
Matt Romney ... Himself - Son
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Mitt Romney, with the support of his family, made two major campaigns for the Office of the President of the United States in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. This film takes an intimate portrait of the Romney family during these bids through the initial decision to run, the primaries and the general election itself as the former Governor of Massachusetts experiences the highs and lows of his ultimately unsuccessful campaign. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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24 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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An excellent film about the human side of politics
25 January 2014 | by wzevonfanSee all my reviews

In one of the earliest scenes of "Mitt," we hear Governor Romney giving a speech at a fund-raiser about the failure of previous presidential candidates: how the loss of an election is irreparable and indelible thing to endure. "Michael Dukakis can't get a job mowing lawns" he says to the crowd, holding up a L sign to his forehead for everyone to see. The comment (which Romney said all the way back in 2008) was a jest made in a climate of optimism and hope-a time when the former Governor of Massachusetts still had a chance at political victory. And yet, it is also an eerily prescient statement of things to come.

Fast forward to the day after the election in 2012. Romney enters into his living room with his wife in tow-slumps down into a chair, and stairs plaintively out the window overlooking his backyard. Though Mitt does not speak in that moment, we know that those words he uttered years before at the convention are resonating in his mind. Aspirations dashed, his life is finished; you could not write a more tragically ironic ending to the failed presidential saga of Willard Romney if you tried.

This is where the documentary "Mitt" is successful: in humanizing a process (and a man at the center of that process) that otherwise seems so sterile, competitive, and polished to the rest of us. It is only a political film in that it captures the world of politics: it takes no sides on the issues of the debate. Indeed, the best moments are those that show Mitt as a man plagued by doubts, anxieties, setbacks, and yes, even sleeve-related wardrobe problems. Just when Mitt Romney is leading in the primary polls of 2008, the Governor of Florida comes out in support of John McCain and quashes his hopes of Republic nomination. Just when Mitt Romney defeats Barack Obama in the first debate, his infamous "47%" video leaks to the public and isolated him from a number of potential voters. Moreover, it shows a man painfully at odds with his public image. "They think I'm a Mormon flipper." Mitt says to his family. Surely, an over-simplified appraisal of a person if there ever was one. Who knew Mitt Romney's favorite movie was "O Brother Where Art Thou" or that he was a fan of David Sedaris, or that he really loves to snack on peanuts. There is a scene in the film where Ann Romney messes up her husband perfectly coiffed hair after a speech. This is essentially the equivalent of what filmmaker Greg Whiteley does to Mitt as well. We cannot help but like him all the more for it. Again, the irony is that this is too little, and too late.


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