A Democratic strategist (Steve Carell) helps a retired veteran (Chris Cooper) run for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town.
Jon Stewart’s lacerating look at modern politics requires a great deal of patience as nearly every one of his characters is unappealing, while the political process on display proves infuriating. And though this is the point the director is trying to make, being subjected to the amoral behavior in real-life every day doesn’t make me what to sit through it here. Still, the intent is timely and noble and there is a third-act twist that makes it almost worthwhile.
Read my full review at the News-Gazette.