How did an American governor who did not know that England was no longer governed by the Queen, and couldn’t say what the American central bank was called, win the nomination for the vice presidency of the most powerful nation in the world? In a gripping two hours, HBO’s made-for-television movie GAME CHANGE revisits the full story of Sarah Palin’s candidacy in the last US presidential elections. This is a strikingly fair account. In its look behind the scenes, the film reveals that in the end, Palin was no more than a (willing) victim of a political machine bent on doing well in polls rather than on actually championing political ideas. They hired her on short notice as a camera-friendly figure women and the base of the Republican Party could identify with. In doing so, however, presidential candidate McCain’s campaign managers just plain forgot to check whether Palin had any basic knowledge of history and politics at all. Julianne Moore is totally immersed in her role as the governor from Alaska, and Woody Harrelson is equally convincing as campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who belatedly realizes his mistake.
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Selected filmography Jay Roach
AUSTIN POWERS (1997), MEET THE PARENTS (2000), RECOUNT (2008), DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS (2010)