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The Front Runner (2018)

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American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

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Jason Reitman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Molly Ephraim ... Irene Kelly
Hugh Jackman ... Gary Hart
Vera Farmiga ... Lee Hart
Kaitlyn Dever ... Andrea Hart
Courtney Ford ... Lynn Armandt
J.K. Simmons ... Bill Dixon
Jenna Kanell ... Ginny Terzano
Sara Paxton ... Donna Rice
Ari Graynor ... Ann Devroy
Alfred Molina ... Ben Bradlee
Bill Burr ... Murphy
Chris Coy ... Kevin Sweeney
Kevin Pollak ... Bob Martindale
Toby Huss ... Billy Broadhurst
Mike Judge ... Jim Savage
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American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

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English

Release Date:

21 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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The Front Runner See more »

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Reunites Mike Judge and Toby Huss who worked together on the animated series King of the Hill (1997). See more »

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A vehicle for Jackman, but little else
16 October 2018 | by rorymarsh00See all my reviews

'The Front Runner' is a film that, despite its heavy political background, is more focused on the personal story of its titular character, Gary Hart. Reitman's film both benefits and suffers for this, depending on the type of audience member you are. Should you be expecting a dense political drama, evolving from a campaign and policy focused narrative into more of a personal crisis, you may be disappointed. The political background is present, but irrelevant in the overarching narrative, instead revealing itself to purely be a character-driven drama. 'The Front Runner' is not about the difficulties of running for president, but more about how the media can tarnish one's livelihood, and their treatment to Hart, whilst arguably justified, appears alarmingly savage when compared to Trump's America and the conspiracies plaguing his presidency. As a result, the film is surprisingly relevant today, but more down to coincidence than planned. Despite this, Jackman's performance may be a standout in his career, serving as the lifeblood of this story - his peak dramatic moments are unmatched throughout the film. This performance may well create a contender come awards season, as he skillfully fluctuates from a good-natured family man, to a paranoid mess, and everything in-between. Furthermore, the film's reluctance to take a side regarding the prevalent issues it discusses is bolstered by Jackman creating a character that is not good or bad, neither morally grey, forming someone who is undoubtable real. As a result, when Jackman is at his best, 'The Front Runner' achieves dizzying heights, serving as a relentlessly compelling character piece, however, upon his absence, which serves as a large portion of the film, it can become overly slow and laborious, leaving the audience striving for his return. Furthermore, the conclusion appears anti-climactic which, unavoidable as it may be considering this is a true story, nonetheless ends with a squeak rather than a shout. The narrative aside, the film is technically well-constructed, opening with a gorgeous long-take that establishes the time and setting with efficiency, an illusion that holds up throughout. Even the use of title-cards establishing locations are reminiscent of films made in the late-80's and early 90's, this attention to detail reminiscent of a director who cares for the source material. Reitman is, by this point, an experienced director, and his confidence is visible here, however, it feels as though the stellar direction and performances deserve more than this generic, somewhat unfulfilling narrative can provide.


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