Robert DeNiro stars as a Washington spinmaster who needs a war to distract public’s attention from a sex scandal involving the President. Dustin Hoffman received an Academy Award nomination for his role in this biting political satire.
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Just 20 years ago this probably seemed far-fetched, but it now seems all-too-prescient in the era of reality TV, social media and "fake news." Furiously fast and funny, it barks and bites at the ridiculous political machine and the public's hopeless complicity.
A lot of great things here, especially Hoffman and Harrelson. But there's no real conflict. Any problem that arises is so quickly resolved or spun to look good. There is no tension, and that makes some of this film a bit boring.
the film tilted itself between screwball comedy and satire, which was weirdly, either not very subtle or trying too hard to be subtle, which ended up like negating both of the side.. (yes, I'm talking crap). Anyway, it's weirdly entertaining, and perhaps one of Robert de Niro's bests.