The Front Runner

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  113 min.
In theatres:
November 16, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver
November 21, 2018 - Wide

Current rating: Rating: 1.00
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Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Kaitlyn Dever, Sara Paxton, Mark O'Brien, Molly Ephraim

Synopsis

Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) is considered the front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. He's young, handsome, charming and has a supportive wife and daughter. When rumors of his extramarital activity surface, he challenges the media to follow him, vowing he has nothing to hide.

The media takes him up on the challenge and soon discovers he's having an affair with a much younger woman named Donna Rice (Sara Paxton). The news makes the front page, and although Hart's team tells him he has to confront it, he wants to ignore the allegations instead, angry at the intrusion into his private life. Meanwhile, Hart's team takes Rice under their wing in order to minimize the damage, hiding her from the press for as long as they can before she becomes infamous as Hart's mistress.

Hart's wife, Lee (Vera Farmiga) and daughter Andrea (Kaitlyn Dever) find their lives forever changed as well, as they cope with the media camping, day in and day out, outside their once-quiet home. Hart finally faces the allegations, questioning why his private life should matter, but he soon discovers that not only has his privacy been compromised, but his public life and career have also sustained considerable damage.

Director: Jason Reitman
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Jason Reitman, Aaron L. Gilbert, Helen Estabrook
Screenplay: Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman
Official Site: TheFrontRunner.Movie

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  • 1 star "Saw it at TIFF. Not sure what the filmmakers (or Hugh Jackman) are trying to say, but I would not want to vote for anyone who was a cheat and a liar either. I'm glad Hart's political career went kaboom. He deserved it. And I don't feel sorry for Donna Rice, even though the movie's secondary plot tried to manipulate the audience into that. She slept with a married man. She knew he was married. She keeps saying how intelligent she is, but she's just a dumb bimbo. She got what she deserved too. The innocent people here are Hart's wife and daughter. That's who I feel for. They got the short end of the stick. What a despicable man she married, she should not have stood by him for a minute (same goes for Hillary - whom I would have more respect for if she'd left Clinton)."