The Front Runner

M 113 mins

About the film

Director: Jason Reitman
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga
These days Hart tends to be remembered as the man who was set to succeed Ronald Reagan — and because he couldn’t keep his hands to himself, we got George H.W. Bush.

In 1988, Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) was expected to clinch the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Far and away the most popular candidate, with high approval among young voters, idealism, intelligence, and charisma out the wazoo, pundits were all but declaring Hart the next president. But when allegations of Hart conducting an extramarital affair surface, the resulting scandal becomes a blood bath as the media races to expose him. But hang on a minute, the press turned a blind eye to the sins of FDR, JFK and LBJ. Why not Hart? The Front Runner tells us why.

Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully). This really is an interesting and complex film that poses the ticklish question: When someone's running for public office, should their private lives be scrutinized? I think the horse has already bolted on that one.

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