The Front Runner (2018)
Critic Consensus: The Front Runner exhumes the wreckage of a political campaign with well-acted wit, even if it neglects to truly analyze the issues it raises.
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"The Front Runner" doesn't hit us over the head with parallels to today's political and media world. It doesn't have to.
People answer in punchlines here, and leave it to director Reitman to always lead with irony.
The strength of "The Front Runner" is that it's an ensemble piece in which we get to know a lot of players in the press, the campaign, and elsewhere.
The movie is better at showing Rice (Sara Paxton) as a woman trampled by the press stampede - ditto Hart's wife Lee, played elegantly by Farmiga.
Vera Farmiga plays Hart's wife Lee, brilliantly bringing home in just a few scenes the personal cost of a spouse's betrayal.
The filmmakers put Hart's story squarely in the context of the present, when the norms and traditions that were evolving in 1987 now seem like the quaint artifacts of an era supplanted by a vicious double helix of personal destruction and shamelessness.
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