The Front Runner

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  113 min.
Release Date:
November 16, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver
November 21, 2018 - Wide
DVD: February 12, 2019
Blu-ray: February 12, 2019
Digital: February 12, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.62
based on 16 votes and 6 reviews
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Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Kaitlyn Dever, Sara Paxton, Mark O'Brien, Molly Ephraim


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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  • 4 stars "Rough language. Excellent acting. Hugh Jackman great. Gives someone a clear understanding of the media."
  • 5 stars "He is really good at politics."
  • 2 stars "I was interested in the story and how true to the facts of this historical blip in US political history it would be. It was slow, too slow, boring, nothing new reveals. However, the depiction and treatment of Donna Rice was compassionate. Same old story of men in power and their eventual downfalls. Wait until its on DVD or TV."