Game Change, Sarah Palin Campaign Biopic Receives Rave Reviews

    March 12, 2012
    John Vinson
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If you pay for HBO, then you were able to take in one of the most controversial movies released so far in 2012 – “Game Change“. The movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin looks back to 2008, during the greatest media zeitgeist we’ve seen in terms of presidential campaigns. One of its most important characters is featured in the movie, which most critics are lauding as real, emotional, and well acted by everyone involved.

Game Change Sarah Palin and John McCain

When you release a movie like this, it’s most important that your characters feel real and not overly hammed up. According Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times, Julianne Moore was great, “In her performance, Julianne Moore doesn’t do an impersonation of Palin here, in the sense that Meryl Streep was uncanny in her resemblance to Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” She looks about as much like Palin as she can, but that’s not the point. She conveys the essence. In a way, she’s unprotected. Not a hardened, cynical politician, but a woman who has gone through life expecting good things and usually found them.

Along with strong performances, a politically charged movie such as this needs to be fair and not feel as though it’s simply lambasting a single idea or person. One IMDB review seems to think everyone’s political views will determine how they view the movie, “Liberals will see this as a confirmation of their most deeply held convictions about Sarah Palin; her supporters will see it as a typical attack of the mainstream media on a particularly outspoken representative of American patriotism. Most of those in the middle will view it as an interesting exploration of the process of picking and managing a Vice Presidential candidate during an unusually intense campaign.”

Twitter has let their reactions be known, and like anything politically charged, appears to be divided…

Why was Sarah Palin’s movie, Game Change, released this month? An insult! She takes #women where we were 25 yrs. ago. #wiw12 #Hollywood 3 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Like the films Recount and The Special Relationship before it, Game Change reminds us once again how in the tank HBO is for the Democrats. 4 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Watched HBO’s ‘Game Change’ over the weekend. Thought it was phenomenal. 6 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Just watched “Game Change”. I didn’t know Sarah Palin didnt know that much on foreign affairs. I’m Thai and even I can identify the wars. 1 minute ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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Interestingly enough, Sarah Palin herself says she won’t be watching the film. Though if you believe certain aspects of the movie, she will watch it and is personally hurt by the way much of the media portrays her. McCain has also spoken out against the movie, saying it’s based on a book completely without factual basis or actual quotes.

While the candidates who are portrayed in the movie won’t be viewing it, the campaign managers involved have seen it and both have said it’s mostly accurate. So take all of those reactions for what you will.

If you’re interested in the movie, but are still deciding whether or not to view it, enjoy the trailer below. If you have seen it, let us know what you thought of it in the comments.

  • Ronald Dionne

    A profound dictionary-esque desciption of the political back end. Provides a dashboard view of an election campaign process with a plugin for fantastic character development. Its easy to hate Palin but this film makes me want Moore!

  • http://att mr.nicola iacovetti

    I did not see the movie nor do I want to .. I do believe that we have punished that brilliant woman long enough.. We are the losers for not having her on the winning ticket come November.. She is real, and would demolish Obama and that is why she is hated so much.. I have witnessed at least 7 presidential elections and foud her, next to Reagan, as probably the one person who can bring this country back to greatness, Howeever we Americans always know how to destroy a good thing, and now will suffer with people like Romney who will never come close to beating Obama.. Obama , who makes Carter look like a Saint..The only one outside of Palin is Newt, and we have turned against him also.. What a sad state we are in.. a radical for president , and now we are determined to put him back again.. What would you call that after what he has put us through the last 3 and a half years?.. I repeat, America we have lost a great potential in Palin.. Shame on us , especially when we had an amazing first in our grasp and let her go. Lord help us, we need hiim now more than ever!!

    • George

      “She is real, and would demolish Obama and that is why she is hated so much…”

      Demolish Obama? You keep watching Fox News and keep living that angry, fear-based life of yours. Those of us a little more rooted in reality will keep breathing a sigh of relief that this arrogant, clueless woman is out of politics.

      • SeriousBlaque

        Wow, I had no idea that people like Mr.Nicola was out there and real. Did you see the same movie I saw. I saw a young lady who was wayyyyyyy over her head and wayyyyyyyyyyyy over her head. She was set up. Truly set up. So were they though. It’s the good ol boy network who made that call. I am sooooooo glad that experiment didn’t work. She was bound for failure at first phone call now she looks even worse. She reminded me of an illiterate person. How do you hold an office like the Governor and not have a clue as to what is going on in the rest of the world. Are you kidding.

    • Eric

      Thanks for the laughs. Seriously.

    • Charles

      “Brilliant Woman”? In what context? If the context of “Brilliant” means ‘lack of knowledge’ in your dictionary then yea, she’s “Brilliant”.

  • MG

    It was a hard to watch. Knowing how close we came and often have come to electing someone because they are pretty. Or because we can relate. Do we want a president we can relate to or do we want an individual to rise above of with intellect and courage? A President should be someone whom we can say…wow if only I could be that great someday. If you were standing in a room with Lincoln or Kennedy, do you think you would feel comfortable going up to them and saying “Hey Pal your just like me! Do you think you should? I am not saying make a President a King or Queen, but I want a person I can have my kids aspire to be, not one that I feel i would have met at my local community college. Oh there i am being elitist and talking about education and college…

  • Valerie Adami

    Wow a truly great film. “Fair and Balanced” as a certain network says. I felt it was a compassionate view of a small town princess who is almost defeated by the national political machine. If even a quarter of the film is accurate the country was spared four years of watching damage control by a Republican White House. My husband and I thought the film might be just a hatchet job. Turns out it was a very honest and affecting story of unrealistic expectations and hard consequences. Halfway through my husband said “I feel so sorry for her” Yep, Sarah meets the real world and it’s bigger the Alaska. A warning to all women entertaining a political career, don’t believe it’s all just show biz. Learn your history and economics. That mean-girl high school crap will get you just so far.

    • Jahangir Khan

      My feelings almost to the letter. Not a fan of Ms. Palin, but definitiely thought this was a sympathetic portrayal. I too felt sorry for her at times in the movie, and actually think better of her than I did before the movie. The one’s who came off badly in this are McCain’s staff in both their incredible irresponsibility in improperly vetting her, as well as failing to figure out how to maximize her effectiveness quickly enough. McCain being totally hands off was another miss, but I was pleasantly surprised by the loyalty Palin was portrayed as showing to McCain. Bottom line is everyone needs to take the blinders off: If you think this was some lefty hatchet job, you’re wearing your red glasses too tight. But if you come away with nothing but “haha she was over her head” then lighten up Francis and appreciate how impressive it is that despite what she was dealing with (son in Iraq, new developmentally challeneged baby, teenage daughter’s pregnancy), she has become SARAH PALIN through it all.

  • knight4444

    This movie was no surprise to anybody with a IQ over 4, only misguided religious nuts like republicans could in good conscience take sarah palins serious! republicans are the most dangerous CULT in america. republicans always run off at the mouth about loving their country and with a straight face vote for her!! UNREAL republicans are a cancer to this nation

  • lcarlo

    The movie was very interesting. I had an idea of how ignorant Sarah Palinwas but I did not know to what degree. It was truly embarrassing as an American citizen and as a woman. I feel relieved this woman was not VP. It seems it was all about her and how she milked her 15 min. of fame. After seeing how she was plucked from obscurity to stardom, it makes me not respect mccain. That was an insult to the American public and especially to women. I would love Santorum to run with SP, I am sure people would come out in droves to vote in order not to see these 2 ignorant people become POTUS and VP. Julianne Moore was incredible, she will win an emmy for that role.

  • Erin

    I agree that it was a fascinating look into the politics of politics. I thought I understood the “why” of how she was chosen but somehow it hadn’t really hit home. I did find myself feeling sympathetic towards her at times, but that would quickly get washed away with Palin’s own narcissism. She had no idea what she was getting herself into, because honestly, I don’t think she thinks the real world applies to her. All the “are you sure you’re ready for this?” was wasted because for Palin, for that which doesn’t suit her, she’ll just change. She shouldn’t NEED to know all those facts about foreign affairs or history, because that’s what the liberal elite media would like their president & VP to know. Her America, the REAL America, will be run by someone who is likeable like her, someone who takes her kids to the hockey games and doesn’t have time to worry about what China is doing. And sadly, that’s the tone that she connects with in others.

    I think that’s what was most fascinating – she was brought into the fold to be a “game changer,” and she was. Just not in the way the “good ol’ boys” had planned on. She invigorated the base alright, unfortunately, the base turned out to be racist, small minded, & paranoid.

    • KittyMAck

      Excellent comment. People wanted to vote for her because she was “a real person — just like us.” Well, “us” aren’t running for VP, nor should we. It takes more than a charismatic, attractive personality; it takes character, maturity, a wide range of knowledge and strength which Ms. Palin was missing in abundance. What was truly terrifying was to see the ignorance, and at times blind hatred, of the crowds that flocked to her rallies. No wonder this country is in such dire straights.

  • http://WebProNews EMarie

    It is difficult for me to believe that democrats, republicans or independents would put forth such an unqualified VP candidate–who could potentially have become President of the United States! This kind of behavior shows what some will do to win at any cost!! Well, she certainly found a home at FOX news! Anyone surprised at that???

  • orandy

    We thought GWB was a moron. Sarah Palin makes GWB look like Winston Churchill. Not only is she abjectly ignorant, she is delusional and narrow minded. Her ability to evade telling the truth is only bested by Hillary Clinton.

    I actually felt sorry for her when she realized exactly how unintelligent she is. Then again, every idiot I’ve ever met thought they were smart, within the confines of their small minds.

    McCain is an even bigger ignoramus. After all, he and his handlers created this Frankenstein monster and released her on the awaiting media.

    She thought Africa was a “country”

    She apparently never read a newspaper in her life

    Her vision is so great, she can see Russia from Alaska

    She thought the Bush “mandate” was his first gay experience

    I think Palin missed her true calling. She should have been a comedian : )

  • Benny Massey

    I watched it and felt sorry for her.


    She thinks she still has a chance to be President in 2012 at the convention….and you know what ?? I do think the Republicans would still nominate her if they could……at least the tea party crowd..

  • http://Webpronewsreviews Pj kent

    Do you really think that Sarah Palin was and is as uninformed as portrayed. There is no doubt in my mind that Palin was grossly mis-handled by the campaign managers who greatly misunderstood and vastly under estimated her talents and abilities.
    Given that Palin should have been vetted more carefully ,the 2008 campaign would never have been as close with some other VP candidate . This dynamic woman has charisma ,character and courage of her convictions and the campaign handlers like Schmidt and Wallace became frustrated when confronted by her absolute refusal to sell her soul to the political process.
    It is interesting to note that the one person besides Palin who really counts is McCain and he remains solidly behind her because he understand her mystique . If McCain listened to Palin with respect to the nefarious and
    radical relationships of Obama ; he might have won the 2008 election because Sarah’s voice on the real truth would have made the difference in the outcome.
    Finally, this obsession with her being un-prepared to be President whereby Nicole Wallace did not vote is a colossal excuse considering the history of un-qualified VP’s .At least she is a woman of integrity unlike others like
    Agnew or Biden?

    • KittyMAck

      Absolutely she was that uninformed. We believe the film was a fairly accurate portrayal. Even her friends in Wasilla stated that she was in over her head.

      To have to teach someone high school facts about the world is not what you have seen with any other sitting VP or VP candidate. Ms. Palin proved this with her interviews. No wonder she avoided so many of Gwen’s questions during the debate; it’s one thing to be poised and a good actress and spout memorized, prepared responses…yet quite another to know the answers as well as understand the questions.

  • KittyMAck

    Game Change” was a superb film and Julianne More (Gov. Sarah Palin), Woody Harrelson (Steve Schmidt), Ed Harris (Sen. John McCain) and Sarah Paulson (Nicolle Wallace) are all excellent in their portrayals.

    When Governor Palin first arrived on the scene in 2008, we were very impressed with her convention speech, and her sense of family values. Knowing little about her, we spent days researching her record in Alaska to dispel the absurd rumors that Trig was not her son and that she pulled books off of library shelves in Wasilla.
    What we learned was very troubling, and we came away with several 180-degree-turn conclusions. To name a few: First and foremost, if we had been managing that campaign, we wouldn’t let an intelligent journalist within a mile of Ms. Palin with a microphone. (We weren’t at all surprised to learn that she had memorized the answers to her debate questions; it certainly explained her many pivots and why she ignored a number of Gwen’s questions.) Her hubris in accepting a spot on the ticket that would place her within a heartbeat of the Oval Office was another. And the way in which she misrepresented herself – e.g. how she actually supported the bridge to nowhere in addition to her many earmark requests – further challenged her integrity. Although we genuinely liked her from a personable perspective, she was clearly not fit for this office. For us, it was déjà vue to see all of this unfold on film. On other words, there were very few surprises.

  • orandy

    Whomever “vetted” Sarah Palin must’ve put her in the sportscar and just drove her around the block. I have never seen a more perfect example of a blithering idiot before in my life.

    In her pathetic mind, she is “a prophet from the idiot god of republican, from the planet vice president.”

    Her “son” Trig will have a higher IQ.

    This woman is beyond sad, she’s mentally ill.

  • Gil

    I watched Game Change last night and thought how reckless Mcain/desparate was and that Americans should be scared. I couldn’t help thinking about Adolph Hitler.

    How easy the crowd turned on Obama when Mcain started the smear campaign. I give the man credit for pulling back from the brink.

    So I ask: imagine a Palin mouth piece being handled by someone more nefarious.