Game Change

Synopsis: Summer, 2008: John McCain secures the nomination, but polls behind Barack Obama. Strategist Steve Schmidt suggests a game changer: picking a conservative female with media savvy, unknown Alaska governor Sarah Palin, as vice president. She's an immediate hit and a quick study - the gap closes. Then, Tina Fey's impersonation, a raft of criticism, and missing her family send Palin into a near-catatonic state: she doesn't prepare for her Katie Couric interview and bombs. Schmidt searches for an answer: don't expect her to learn the issues, but give her a script. Palin does well in the debate with Biden; she finds her voice, goes off script, and goes rogue. A mistake?
Director(s): Jay Roach
Production: HBO
  Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 28 wins & 37 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

There's footage of his own reverend

saying "God damn America."

It's the single

best weapon we've got.

I want to run a fucking campaign

that my kids can be proud of,

and that precludes

attacking a black reverend.

I think we're going

about this all wrong.

This man is on the cover

of every news magazine.

He's on the cover of every

entertainment magazine.

He's got 200,000 people

screaming for him in Berlin.

And what has he done?

A man of no accomplishment

has become the biggest

celebrity in the world,

and we keep trying to reach up

and pull him down.

What we need to do

is ask the American people

a very simple question:

Do you want a statesman

to be your next president...

Or do you want

a celebrity?

Try it.

( Music playing )

He's the biggest

celebrity in the world.

( Crowd chanting )

Obama! Obama!


But is he ready to lead?

With gas prices soaring,

Barack Obama says no

to offshore drilling

and says he'll raise taxes

on electricity?

Higher taxes,

more foreign oil--

that's the real Obama.

Great job, Fred.

I thought we were

the grown-ups in this race.

- ( Music playing )

- John, it's his girlfriend.

This is a cautionary

tale, John.

It's what I'm

talking about.

( Both laugh )

Yeah, right.

Yeah, let's--

- let's watch it again.

- No, I can't, I can't! Please.

See, that's what

I'm talking about.

Now can you

believe these guys?

He wants lieberman

on the ticket.

- Of course he does.

- Disaster.

Or historic.

- Or historic disaster.

- John loves him.

It would be a strong move

towards bi-partisanship.

Guys, the base

is already concerned

that John is not

a true conservative.

Now, I don't think picking

a pro-choice Jewish democrat

who just happened to be

Al Gore's running mate

is going to alleviate

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Daniel W. Strong (born June 6, 1974) is an American actor, film and television writer, director, and producer. As an actor, Strong is best known for his roles as Jonathan Levinson in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doyle McMaster in Gilmore Girls. more…

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