In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.
A very muddled start, it was difficult to follow what was supposed to be the focus. After a “four years later” jump, a lazy paragraph of text sets the scene. Even then, the film struggles for another 10 minutes before it starts in a focused direction.
Political stories often suffer from a dry narrative, but this feels especially stodgy. I’m sure the set design and costume design is period accurate but suits and brown jackets add to the muted tone of the movie.
Hugh Jackman carries the role, but the rest of the impressive cast have little to do. The movie starts to get going but then ends. I expected better from director Jason Reitman.