What it is: A movie written and directed by Jon Stewart about a Democratic strategist (Carell, who got his big break thanks to Stewart and The Daily Show) who helps a retired veteran (Cooper, who is a great actor in his own right) run for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town.
What Dan thought: Going in the movie I was hoping I’d like it, it has a great cast (both main and supporting) and Jon Stewart is a great writer when it comes to mixing news and comedy related topics (see his 22 Emmys for proof). However the movie just couldn’t keep me interested.
At times it was funny, at times it was dramatic, and at times it left me wondering what was happening (one scene in particular seemed very odd, but I’ll leave the details on it out due to potential spoilers). If Stewart had stuck to one genre versus trying to be a comedy, a drama, and a political satire maybe I would have liked it better.
The cast was terrific with what they were given script wise. Carrell and Byrne’s rivalry was terrific, but not enough to save the movie I felt.
Dan’s grade: C. Great cast, but the writing of the movie failed to keep my attention and keep me entertained.