Let’s Get Political (Movie Thoughts: Irresistible)

irrestistableThere’s a lot to unpack in Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible.’ It’s one of those movies, for me, that start out really well. Steve Carell plays Gary, a Democrat operative and we see him the day after Trump wins. He and his counterpart, Faith, (Rose Byrne) are both spinning their respective messages. And Gary is dejected, not wanting to answer the phone fielding his reaction to the election results. Then Gary zeroes in on a guy (Jack, played by Chris Cooper) from a viral video –  a Democrat in conservative clothing who he deems as some kind of savior for the party. So he goes to Wisconsin to convince Jack to run for mayor. And before you know it, the election cycle goes to high spin, with millions of dollars being thrown in each campaign. The main impression I got from the film? For a comedy it seems to be pretty joyless. The premise is familiar, but the ‘twist’ made it really hard to believe. Yes, it’s a parody, and satire, but the message is packaged differently. It’s a feel-bad movie – it is harsh to both political parties, so I don’t know what audience it is trying to get. Carell and Byrne are good – surprisingly subtle both – but in the end, I lost interest in whatever game they were trying to play.

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