The Front Runner (2018)

R   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

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  • Molly Ephraim at an event for The Front Runner (2018)
  • Tommy Dewey and Chris Coy at an event for The Front Runner (2018)
  • Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner (2018)
  • Alex Karpovsky and Jenna Kanell in The Front Runner (2018)
  • J.K. Simmons and Jenna Kanell in The Front Runner (2018)
  • Sara Paxton at an event for The Front Runner (2018)

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13 February 2019 | dfranzen70
| Like reading only the lead paragraph in a newspaper
This based-on-a-true-story drama seemed a little unfocused and unsure of itself. If one doesn't know the story of Gary Hart's downfall in 1988, he or she might leave this film not knowing much more than the basics. The movie could have taken the journalist angle, like that taken in All the President's Men - the digging, the investigating, the nuts-and-bolts of being a reporter. Or it could have focused on Hart as a good guy who made a bad decision. Or it could have looked a little more closely at the dynamic between him and his wife, or between him and his tireless staff. It tried to do all of these things but failed to accomplish any. Hugh Jackman is really terrific and has a strong supporting cast, but the character simply isn't explored sufficiently for the audience to really care or become invested in him. The result is that an interesting (for the time) scandal feels superficially treated. One wonders how strong the film would have been had it been able to contrast the Donna Rice scandal with any sex scandal of the past 10 years or so and explain why this one in particular is still relevant today.

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