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Forbes says ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Deserves Your Vote

‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Review: Sandra Bullock’s Biting Political Comedy Deserves Your Vote

Forbes  – Oct. 19, 2015

By Scott Mendelson

The most impressive thing about Our Brand Is Crisis is how deftly it balances a very specific tightrope. It is a loose adaptation of the 2005 documentary of the same name that dealt with American political operatives campaigning in a 2002 Bolivian presidential election. And it centers on a particular operator, played by Sandra Bullock, who was once the cream of the crop. Yet the film doesn’t denigrate the other campaigners we meet along the way. It also doesn’t have Bullock’s “Calamity” Jane Bodine shock everyone by coming up with painfully obvious observations that are viewed with bewilderment by those around her. Nor does the film present the Bolivian populace as easily fooled and painfully gullible ignoramuses, or at least no more easily deceived than the current American electorate. In fact, the picture, in its offhand way, is a scathing indictment of how many of America’s not-so-great ideas have made their way across the border as well at how much bread-and-circuses distractions we now accept as a key component to our political system. Read more.