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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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Well acted and suprisingly funny.
As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life...
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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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- Genre:Drama, Comedy
- Release Date:March 20, 1998
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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