Starring: Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Story: Comedy-drama directed by David Gordon Green based on the 2005 documentary film of same name by Rachel Boynton.
After Bolivian presidential candidate fails badly in the polls he enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), now coaching the opposition.
But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability, both on and off the campaign trail, Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers.
Verdict: Although the movie doesn’t have any huge faults and has some entertaining moments, as a whole the story just falls flat and doesn’t have the much needed satire edge that we are looking for.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 8)
Jane Bodine: If you want to win we’re gonna have to take risks. Blackmail, manipulation, extortion.
Pat Candy: So what are you doing here? I thought you gave up, or retired or something.
Jane Bodine: What happened to your hair?
Pat Candy: I still see you’ve got a great sense of humor.
Ben: How many times have you gone against Candy?
Jane Bodine: Three of four times.
Ben: How many times has he beat you?
Jane Bodine: Uh, three or four times.
Pat Candy: I see you’re still here. I’m gonna strip the bark off of you, Bodine.
Jane Bodine: I’ll see you out there.
Pat Candy: You like to pretend you’re not one of us. If you fight with monsters for too long you become a monster.
Jane Bodine: Wake up, this is war. There’s only one wrong in this, only one, and that is losing!
Jane Bodine: He’s a fighter and he is the only one to save the day!
Jane Bodine: This is no longer an election, this is a crisis.
Total Quotes: 8