The Front Runner

The Front Runner
The Front Runner
  • R
  • 1h 54m
  • 2018
Rotten59%
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Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race – events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina, The Front Runner is written by Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman, based on the book All the Truth is Out by Matt Bai, and produced by Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook of Right of Way Films and Aaron L. Gilbert of BRON Studios.

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Critics 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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Thought-provoking, well-acted drama about politics, media.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Front Runner is writer-director Jason Reitman's fact-based drama about the demise of presidential hopeful Gary Hart's 1987 campaign after news breaks about his possible affair with a woman named Donna Rice. Starring Hugh Jackman as the charming but intensely private Hart, the film follows various perspectives on the scandal: Hart's, his wife's, his campaign team and advisers', that of the journalists who covered (or chose not to cover) the story, and Rice's. There's quite a bit of strong language in the film ("f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," etc.), references to adultery and sexual impropriety, and some smoking and drinking, but the movie is appropriate for older teens interested in a fascinating case study in presidential politics. And parents and teens will have a lot to discuss afterward, from how other politicians have dealt with scandal to how the media treated Donna Rice to how the president's private life can become politicized.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 6, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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