The Front Runner

Jason Reitman does make better films, so do Hugh Jackman and Vera Farmiga, but The Front Runner is spot on in one thing, throwing the question of what is private, what is public, and what is moral, right back at us.

The 1987 campaign story of disgraced Colorado senator, and Democratic Party front-runner, Gary Hart, is as tough as aspirin compared to what we now digest daily, and the myriad subversive ways we are ceaselessly influenced to define morality. What it did make me do is rethink the Clinton presidency, four years later, with a Bush in between (pun unintended, but inevitable), and how the pragmatist philanderer made it to the White House, while the idealist one became a pariah.

Who chooses what is acceptable? In truth. And is it any different today?

★★★✩✩

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