Blue State
2008
Before the 2004 election, John Logue (Breckin Meyer) vowed to leave the country if George W. Bush won a second term. John makes good on his promise, teaming with like-minded Chloe (Anna Paquin) on a road trip to Canada that will challenge their beliefs, political and otherwise. This wry satire takes on the ideological divisions that emerged during the presidential election and the ongoing impact of such discord.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

Blue State isn't for conservatives, but viewers on the political left will find a movie that cares about their ideals. This setup (man makes good on a promise to move to Canada if Bush is reelected in 2004) could have merely been used to launch a generic romantic comedy: Establish why he moves to Canada, and promptly forget about politics for the rest of the movie. Instead, it features a number of interesting discussions about politics and current events from beginning to end, with characters who would be fun to meet and debate with in real life. The misadventures that the characters get into up north stretch not just plausibility but audience patience, and the screenplay has some damn sloppy structure, but at the movie's heart are characters who love America and want to do the right thing about it, a message that will resonate four years later with Obama supporters.

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