The Ides of March
2011
Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's (Ryan Gosling) idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where "victory" is relative. The film, directed by George Clooney, is inspired by the real-life experiences of an aide who worked on Howard Dean's failed 2004 run.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

This is a curious little political thriller. A slow, almost tranquil first act turns into a crazy middle act in which plot twists pile up faster and faster, then it all gives way to a slow third act that meditates on what just happened. I won't spoil specific details, but they hardly matter; the broad outline of "idealistic young campaign staffer learns the hard way that you have to play dirty to win" describes just about any story worth telling about a campaign staffer, and it feels familiar already. The movie is well done but not especially worth seeing, unless you're interested to know what kind of idealistic candidate George Clooney would be if his sordid social life permitted him to run for real.

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