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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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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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Jason Reitman's Second Film Of The Year Makes For Thought-Provoking Entertainment
21 September 2018 | by roblesar99See all my reviews

When I checked out the reviews for THE FRONT RUNNER after walking out of the theater, I was surprised to find that it was being met with a generally mixed critical reception. That's not to say that THE FRONT RUNNER is some sort of masterpiece, but I definitely thought it was an interesting film, and one that feels rather timely in this day and age (for reasons that are quite obvious). Perhaps the best thing I can say about the film is that it manages to avoid the on-the-nose writing that plagued BLACKKKLANSMAN in more than a few scenes. Reitman smartly lets the film speak for itself, letting the audience draw their own connection between the events that torpedoed Senator Gary Hart's campaign over thirty years ago and similar events that have plagued other politicians over the last few years. If there's one consequence to such an approach, it's that Reitman presents a lot of ideas without ever taking a firm stand on them, failing to elaborate on ideas that almost demand further analysis - an approach that will certainly rub some the wrong way. That being said, there's a lot to enjoy here, from Hugh Jackman's great performance to Jason Reitman's directing (I quite liked the way he utilized the camera here) to Rob Simonsen's low-key electronic score to the rest of the supporting cast (with an affecting Vera Farmiga being the obvious standout). It even reminded me of a bit of I, TONYA in its analysis of the press (how would American history have been affected if not for their obsession over Hart's love life?).

One more thing, though: it might have just been the theater I watched this in, but the sound mixing in this was atrocious. I want to watch this film again with subtitles just so that I can understand the other half of what the characters were saying.


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