TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - August 30, 2018
There was a time in politics—let's call it thirty years ago—when a sex scandal could instantaneously destroy a candidate's career and personal life all in one fell swoop. If you're nostalgic for those days at all, you're gonna want to check out The Front Runner, the latest film from Oscar nominated director Jason Reitman.
Hugh Jackman steps into the role of Gary Hart, former Colorado Senator Gary Hart, whose bid for the presidency in 1988 was cut short by a scandal that unfolded in its entirety in a little over a week. In early April 1987, Hart announced his intention to run for President, but by the first week in May, it was all over thanks to a media circus that swallowed him whole.
For anyone keeping track at home, this will mark Reitman's second film this year after this past spring's Tully. Reitman is no stranger to awards season, though his output since his Oscar nominated films Juno and Up in the Air has been decidedly more mixed—Young Adult, Labor Day, and Men, Women, & Children. Nevertheless, Reitman's brought along some of his regulars—Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Kaitlyn Dever—as well as some great character actors he hasn't worked with before—Bill Burr, Alfred Molina, Toby Huss, and Mike Judge among many others. If nothing else, there's some spectacular wigs on display in this one.
The Front Runner hits theaters on Election Day, November 6.