DiscoverThe Next Picture Show#176: Political Affairs, Pt. 1 - The American President
#176: Political Affairs, Pt. 1 - The American President

#176: Political Affairs, Pt. 1 - The American President

Update: 2019-05-14
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The new Charlize Theron/Seth Rogan rom-com LONG SHOT looks for comedy at the intersection of love and the highest tier of American politics, an unusual combination that positions it as a spiritual successor to an earlier, much more earnest portrayal of a similarly unlikely romance — that of Rob Reiner’s 1995 Aaron Sorkin-penned crowd-pleaser THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT. In this half of our pairing of the two films, we look back at THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT to consider how its Clinton-era populism scans in today’s much different political atmosphere, how it functions as both a political film and a rom-com, and how it handles the extreme power differential at the core of its central romance. Plus, some feedback inspired by our recent episode on UNDER THE SILVER LAKE.

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Outro music: Kylie Minogue, “Mr. President”

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#176: Political Affairs, Pt. 1 - The American President

#176: Political Affairs, Pt. 1 - The American President

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