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Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)

Unrated | | Documentary | 30 September 2011 (USA)
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Nick Broomfield goes in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends, for a decidedly unauthorized perspective on this growing force in American politics.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Broomfield ... Himself - Host
Sarah Palin ... Herself - Politician
Barbara Adams Barbara Adams ... Herself - Wasilla Tour Guide (as Barbara)
Chuck Heath Chuck Heath ... Himself - Sarah's Father
Sally Heath Sally Heath ... Herself - Sarah's Mother
Anne Kilkenny Anne Kilkenny ... Herself - Supporter
John Bitney John Bitney ... Himself - Sarah's Legislative Director
Colleen Cottle Colleen Cottle ... Herself - Deputy Mayor
Laura Chase Laura Chase ... Herself - Sarah's Campaign Manager
J.C. McCavit J.C. McCavit ... Himself - High School Friend
Jesse Gryphen Jesse Gryphen ... Himself - Alaskan Blogger
Tank Jones ... Himself - Levi Johnston's Agent (voice)
Mercede Johnston Mercede Johnston ... Herself - Levi's Sister
Yvonne Bashelier Yvonne Bashelier ... Herself - High School Friend
Phil Munger Phil Munger ... Himself - Composer
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Nick Broomfield goes in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends, for a decidedly unauthorized perspective on this growing force in American politics.

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30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,911, 2 October 2011

Gross USA:

$10,935

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,935
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At the film's world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, director Nick Broomfield had to dodge banana skins laid in his path by Palin's online cheerleaders. See more »

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[at an "An Evening with Sarah Palin" event]
Nick Broomfield: [calling out from the audience] Do you think your political career is over?
[a pause as Sarah Palin takes a sip from her water bottle]
Sarah Palin: [points around at the audience] Ask these people.
[the audience cheers and applauds]
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Fair, balanced, neutral – and if the subject doesn't appear in a "positive light", don't blame the director but thank the subject
26 September 2016 | by t_atzmuellerSee all my reviews

Sure, didn't we all have a good laugh at Sarah Palins expense? Admit it: like me you were waiting gleefully for a new interview during the 2008 elections, waiting for Mrs. Palin to blur out another avalanche of nonsense, hog-wash and absurd gibberish while standing in the limelight. Somehow half-convinced that we were watching an episode of Candid Camera or that somebody had elected the village-idiot to run as vice-president of the United States. At the same time trying to ignore the fact, as one commentator put it, "that (had McCain won), this woman would be a 72-year old man's heartbeat away from being president" – somebody who couldn't find major hotspots like Iraq on a map, but was convinced that she could see Russia from her porch.

I've always been a fan of Broomfield's Gung-Ho-style journalism. Or rather let's say, I've always enjoyed his style without necessarily coming to the same conclusions (no, I don't think that Kurt Cobain was murdered by his wife, as Broomfield has suggested in his "Kurt & Courtney").

The "appeal" (if I may use the word in this context) of Sarah Palin is that she is one of the members of this profession that allows a good insight into her mind. Politicians have long since learned numerous tactics and skills regarding body-language, gesture and syntax to be able to "shield" them off from prying minds. At times this can backfire (to mind comes Bill Clinton, who gave his Spiel away when pointing and nodding in the wrong direction while proclaiming "I did not have sex with this woman!"). Another fine example would be his wife Hilary: comparing her body-language when she was "just" First Lady to nowadays, where she has obviously gone through rigorous training, is like comparing night and day. Save to say, Sarah Palin possesses no such skill.

Broomfield doesn't have to dig through the dirt much. Mainly, he only needs to sit back and let Sarah's (former) friends, allies and acquaintances do the talking. The dirt would appear virtually out of nowhere, as if just waiting to hit Broomfield's camera. We get what we would expect and probably knew from the very beginning: it's a picture of a complete incompetent, bungling yet ruthless and ambitious politician, who entered the presidential race with the same hope of somebody purchasing a lottery ticket at the petrol-station. In short: it would have been child's play to mock or ridicule the documentary's subject, but – being the gentleman that he is – Broomfield opted not to go down that path, so his film never seems like a hatchet job (in contrast, let's recall Michael Moore tearing into a certain actor, of whom he knew that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and hence was easy prey; the contrast couldn't be starker). "Don't demean yourself and ridicule fools – they'll do that all by themselves", like the saying goes. Interesting, entertaining and distinctly neutral (at least from Broomfield's side, who opted to heed that saying mentioned above). 7/10


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