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The Front Runner


Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart, who became the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart’s intelligence and idealism pave a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life.

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From A.O. Scott at The New York Times:

Reitman uses Altmanesque sound design and serpentine camera movements to convey the chaos and kineticism of a process in constant, frantic motion. But after a while, once we’ve met the principal players, the speechmaking starts and a potential comedy of political manners turns into a pious, tendentious morality play. Full Review

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