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Primary Colors
  • R
  • 2h 23m
  • 1998
Certified Fresh81%
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John Travolta leads an all-star cast (including Oscar® winners Emma Thompson, Kathy Bates and Billy Bob Thornton) on a wild race to the presidency in this savagely funny comedy. Jack Stanton (Travolta) is a virtually unknown Southern governor on a quest for the White House with his strong, savvy and equally ambitious wife, Susan (Thompson). Running against the odds, the Stantons need all the help they can get from their extremely colorful political team. Together, they take off on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and ultimately history-making roller coaster ride to the top.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh81%
Critics Consensus: Well acted and suprisingly funny.
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Time Out
Derek Adams
Rotten

As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Fresh

June 17, 2017
USA Today
Fresh

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Well-acted drama full of Clinton-era jabs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this drama (based on the book by the same name) is a thinly veiled take on the scandals of Bill Clinton's presidency. Even though the movie's characters are seeking the highest office in the land, they still cuss like longshoremen. Ethically, they're also in the gutter. The Jack Stanton character, presidential material, is a womanizer who makes no apologies (just perpetual cover-ups) for his personal flaws, yet charms us as much as he's supposed to charm the voters. The character who seems the most principled commits suicide.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:March 20, 1998
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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