‘Game Change’ a better Palin plug than ‘The Undefeated?’

By Alaska Dispatch-Palin Watch

Last week, pay-for-play cable channel HBO posted the teaser trailer for its upcoming chronicle of the John McCain-Sarah Palin 2008 presidential ticket, starring Ed Harris as McCain and Julianne Moore as Palin.

“Game Change” began production in the early days of 2011, and in the meantime, Palin took a bus tour, played a will-she-or-won’t she game with the media, her fans and the American public in general about whether she would run for president in 2012, then ultimately and unexpectedly announced that she wouldn’t seek the nomination.

Also over the summer, as Palin-mania was at arguably its highest point since her announcement as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election, documentary filmmaker Stephen Bannon released “The Undefeated,” an unabashed ode to all things Palin. The film may have made money between its run in theaters and its subsequent run on Pay-Per-View — the numbers are a bit murky. Alaska Dispatch’s Amanda Coyne reported that Bannon had invested about $1 million of his own money in the film, though Box Office Mojo reports a return of just over $100,000.

 One thing that is clear — critics hated it. It currently holds a zero percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the critical aggregation site, based on 15 professional reviews. Users gave it only 38 percent — although a fair portion of those may have come from users who never even saw the movie but hold a particular distaste for the politically polarizing Palin. It fared even more poorly on the Internet Movie Database, where it holds a paltry 1.7 out of 10 rating, based on more than 1,300 reviews.

“The movie may tempt even the most ardent conservatives to emulate their idol’s tenure as governor and walk out halfway through,” Time’s Richard Corliss wrote in his review. The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf sparked a wave of backlash after reporting his one-man attendance of a midnight opening showing of the film.

‘Game Change’ a better Palin plug than ‘The Undefeated?’.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eppito
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 07:19:23

    If you mean by “plug’ that Sarah will gets some good publicity out of Game Change, I think not. If the movie stays true to the book the masses will get the opportunity to see the charlatan for what she was during that campaign (I hope it is sufficiently cringe worthy). Of course, palinbots won’t get it or believe it, but for the sane it will be a wakeup call to the horror that was / is Sarah Palin.

    I’ll bet she’ll be ambivalent. On the one hand Sarah will be flattered, on the other hand, she’ll want to run and hide. The party is slowly but surely coming to an end, even as delusional as she is I think she realizes this. She’ll be flailing away soon, desperately trying to keep her “brand’ alive, but I think future revelations will be her undoing, thankfully, of which Game Change is a part.
    Hide Sarah, hide!


  2. climber357
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 08:09:06

    I wonder how they´re going to depict the VP debate preps? Initially, I would show Sarah pouty because they won´t let her shop. Then I would show her petulant because they are insisting she raises her lazy arse out of bed to memorize boring ¨stuff.¨ Next, I would show Sarah attempt to flirt her way out of her responsibilities, and when they fail, becoming paralyzed to the point of being catatonic. And, finally, I would expose what an absolute fraud she was in the actual debate.

    Of course I would end the Sarah segments with a scene of the GOP pulling the audio plug and shutting off the stage lights on her entire family while she was trying to give ¨her¨ concession speech.


  3. Pete
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:18:03

    A better plug?? if the author of this article had done a little research about this film they wouldn’t be asking such a stupid question. This is a no holds barred honest portrayal of Sarah Palin, she was a total psycho nightmare during the 2008 election, this movie isn’t going to be a positive boost for the Palin brand!


  4. californiacruisin
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 12:27:50

    They didn’t get the RNC stage right, I don’t think. As I recall, it was shaped in such a way that it looked like the back of a hand giving the middle finger.


  5. sallyngarland,tx
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 13:31:31

    Unfortunately, “Game Change” will put Palin in the news and spawn blog posts, Fox news stories and give Palin a reason to show up on Greta, Hannity, etc, etc to dispute it along with a Palin Facebook post to try to distract. We’ll see the normal Palin inspired outrage and we’ll be subjected to another Palin newscycle. Ugh!


  6. moinkslinger
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 09:32:45

    This is one Palin movie, I plan to watch. Read the book and I hope they put another nail in Palin’s coffin.


  7. Chae Quirindongo
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 22:46:10

    Hi there, all is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s actually good, keep up writing.


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