Mike Nichols directs John Travolta, Emma Thompson and Adrian Lester in this satirical drama based on the Clinton election campaign / scandals where all the names have been changed to protect the obvious.
Doesn’t come to life as a comedy then lurches into hard tragedy at a late point that stretches the patience. Travolta is well cast as the “Bill” caricature but feels under exploited. Kathy Bates is the only player who gives more than she gets in a strangely toothless project – she lands the more barbed jokes and then does all the heavy lifting when things get VERY weighty. A weird, atonal big budget release.
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