During the 2002 Bolivian presidential election, Pedro Gallo hires James Carville’s American political consulting firm, Greenberg Carville Shrum. He needs the firm to help him raise the numbers in his campaign. GCS hires Jane Bodine to manage Gallo’s campaign. Pat Candy is a rival of Jane and he will be managing the campaign of another candidate Victor Rivera.
This movie has a lot of ups and downs. There are lulls in scenes and then a mad race between campaign busses on a narrow mountain road. Jane Bodine starts out in a real lull with altitude sickness and is constantly eating some kind of potato chip type food. She originally doesn’t even like her candidate. Thornton seems an ominous presence but he’s not given much to work with. He just stands around spouting sentences. This film does show that we might have a ‘better’ election system here but I’m not too sure about that this year!!! 2* (I didn’t like this movie)
107 min, Comedy directed by David Gordon Green with Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Down, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Dominic Flores, Reynaldo Pacheco, Louis Arcella.
Note: Imdb 6.1 out of 10, 34% critic 37% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 3.4* out of 5* with 249 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Puerto Rico, La Paz, Bolivia and New Orleans, Louisiana. There is a 2005 documentary with the same title with James Carville and a team of U.S. political consultants traveling to Bolivia to help Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in his campaign for presidency.