Video: “Game Change,” the full-length trailer

posted at 8:24 pm on January 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

Everything I said when I posted the teaser last month still holds. I’m not seeing Woody Harrelson as slick Beltway insider Steve Schmidt and I’m not seeing The One at all — literally. Wasn’t this book mainly about his big victory? Evidently there’s more drama in Sarah Palin complaining about her wardrobe than in the election of the first black president. That’s an … interesting judgment, HBO.

Makes sense, though. They can’t revisit the early euphoria of Hopenchange now lest it depress the hell out of disillusioned Democrats, so instead here’s two hours of the left’s eternal hate object melting down. I’ll give them this much — Julianne Moore looks remarkably like Palin in some of these scenes. Harrelson is a bust, Ed Harris as McCain is a bust, but I did a double take in the shot of her at the state fair and then in the Charlie Gibson interview. Emmys all around for the make-up people.


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She can’t “harm” this clusterf**k anymore than you can. She’s offered her opinion and advice, wether the coming convention goes well or not, to try and pin ANY possible blame for a disaster purely on Sarah, is irrational in the extreme.

Might as well damn Rush or Krauthammer.. they give opinions too..

but I doubt you have a hate going on for them, or any other paid pundit.

mark81150 on January 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

And this can’t be said enough. The GOP owns the results they bought and payed for on election day. The outcome will not be the fault of some FOX pundit doing her job, when the whole deal crashes around their heads.

Oh but then all these same folks will be wailing: “Sarah Palin lost it for us becuse she did not throw her full support behind Mitt Romney” which will be curious to watch, as not all that long before they will have been telling her to “shut up and go home woman!”

On top of that they’ll have screamed “lame duck” (ACE) or “irrelevant” a trillion times – until they need her… or need to place the blame for their choices onto her.

Sharr on January 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

This comes out of the House of Hanks?? Looks so much like a comedy, Tom should have donned the ol’ “Bosom Buddies” heels & wig, and played Sarah himself.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM

It was a pack of lies, provided by the same crew that cheered the election results this night, It doesn’t matter that she has been right 100% on what we would face with Obama, Schmidt and Wallace
threw the match.

narciso on February 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Pass!

Bmore on February 1, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Two years ago, this trailer would have consisted mostly of beatific shots of Obama on the trail in 2008 preaching about hope, healing a leper, maybe feeding a doe-eyed baby deer, etc. Two dismal years later, he’s nowhere to be seen; they’re all in on the tried and true “Palin drama” formula instead. If you wanted to know how Hollywood feels about his first term, there’s a little glimpse.

+1

kunegetikos on February 1, 2012 at 12:12 AM

She’s just another damned politician.

Texan on January 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM

No she not…she a pundit…and not a very good one at that. She left politics when she walked out on Alaska.

rubberneck on February 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

No she not…she a pundit (sic)…and not a very good one at that. She left politics when she walked out on Alaska.

rubberneck on February 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

What makes a pundit “good?” They give their opinions based on their observations and experience, and most pundits don’t have either elective or executive experience. Palin not only has both, but she’s the first Republican woman selected as a Vice Presidential candidate. They’ll never be able to take that away from her.

Regarding “she walked out on Alaska,” I will forego my instinct to slap away at your ignorance of what led to her resignation, and simply ask you this question: If you were doing a job well, but people who hated you more than they love their children used a loophole in the law to sue you just for the crime of showing up for work, causing you to pile up legal fees to the extent that you were no longer working to provide for your family, but to your lawyers, wouldn’t you take the first opportunity to do something else for a living?

L.N. Smithee on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Ed Harris? Frack, I like Ed Harris.

Bishop on January 31, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Ed Harris sat silently and folded his arms as others stood and applauded when a Lifetime Achievement Oscar was given to legendary director Elia Kazan. It’s no surprise to me that he’s participating in this.

L.N. Smithee on February 1, 2012 at 1:05 AM

While I was working as an extra on “Angels & Demons”, another extra told me he had been a small-time investor in “Moonstruck” and never made a penny. He had invested in 4 pictures before he learned his lesson. Hollywood accounting allows for mucho bucks flushed down black holes.

fred5678 on January 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM

In his memoir, James Garner goes into that a bit. Remember, after catching wind of Universal’s creative accounting practices that cut his share of Rockford Files revenue to the bone, he refused to show up on the set. He won a lawsuit vs. Universal, but sued them again when Rockford went into syndication due to the studio’s “distribution fees” that devoured the $25,000 per syndicated episode Garner should have received.

L.N. Smithee on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 AM

This comes out of the House of Hanks?? Looks so much like a comedy, Tom should have donned the ol’ “Bosom Buddies” heels & wig, and played Sarah himself.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM

That said, since I have HBO, I’ll probably watch the film one of the 10,000 times or so it will be shown within the first week.

p.s. L.N. Smithee, I think I’ve seen all your movies…
:p

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 1, 2012 at 1:39 AM

If Hollywood will disrespect Lady Thatcher, I don’t need to see what they will do to Sarah Palin.

Adjoran on February 1, 2012 at 2:09 AM

So Hollywood makes a hit movie about a female conservative, a Governor, the Republican VP nominee and an individual who is an icon in the eyes of many Americans.

The issue is not whether you like or dislike Sarah Palin, but whether as conservatives we are going to allow Hollywood to denigrate one of our own.

Instead what is the response? Let’s bash Sarah Palin.

Right. That tells me all I need to know about the Republican party and many so called “conservatives.”

john.frank on February 1, 2012 at 2:15 AM

HBO can make a movie sympathetic to murderer Dr. Kavorkian yet a lie-filled hitjob on Sarah Palin, one of two women to be on a national ticket and a loving mother of 5 children and the nation’s most popular governor in 2008.

CoolChange80 on February 1, 2012 at 3:37 AM

The left-wing HBO which employs Bill Maher and gives us a sympathetic film of Dr. Kavorkian with Al Pacino and gives us twisted lie-filled hitjob on Sarah Palin with Julianne Moore this is the kind of crap we have come to expect and why conservatives hate hollywood.

CoolChange80 on February 1, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Palin=irrelevant

ObamatheMessiah on February 1, 2012 at 7:14 AM

HBO can make fantastic television but this looks like a ridiculously bad hit piece.

Then again if they can do it to a truly visionary leader (Thatcher), why would Hollywood have any qualms about hitting Palin?

CorporatePiggy on February 1, 2012 at 7:19 AM

mark81150 on January 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

We’ll just have to see how Sarah’s Operation Chaos works out. If she wins by losing she will have to answer for it. Does she want to keep making millions working for Fox as an analyst? She’s already terrible at this job. If people perceive her to be a destructive force she’ll end up unemployed. So yeah, I’ll hold her responsible and so will many other Americans. It’s the free market and all that…

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 7:22 AM

I’m sure the producers figured Palin would be running right now and their hit-piece smear movie would be enough to bring her campaign down. Now, their only audience consists of DailyKos types, Romney supporters, and misogynists of all persuasions (sorry for the redundant terms there). Sucks for them, I guess.

DRayRaven on February 1, 2012 at 8:19 AM

slick Beltway insider Steve Schmidt

I doubt allah uses slick as a perjurative. That word means something totally different to liberals than it does to conservatives. Did anyone have any doubt that the democrat operatives posing as “republican stategists” would come off looking like the reasonable intelligent people? schmidt, wallace and all of sean hannity’s little friends that ran the mccain campaign voted for obama just as the people Romney has hired have absolutely no intention of voting for a republican. There are these slimey little political operatives no doubt also sprinkled through Gingrich and Santorums’ campaigns. Until republicans figure out that taking advice from someone who lives in washington about what the people in America think will only result in the continuing mess and decline, we the American people will continue to be given weak, corrupt leaders.

And by the way, the liberals continue to push the story that Palin caused mccain to lose when the truth of the matter is that mccain would have lost by 15 points without her.

peacenprosperity on February 1, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Another reason I don’t have HBO, also another reason not to go to the movies at all. I’m not contributing to Zero through the pockets of the directors and actors in Hollyweird. Since we already know everything we need to know about Sarah, the rest is smoky dreams from a lib writer.

Kissmygrits on February 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Actually I liked ‘the Iron Lady’ she was the antithesis of the these
‘splunge’ candidates, like Romney here, and Cameron, abroad.

narciso on February 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

HBO is disgusting. This trailer depicts the antithesis of Sarah Palin. Lies..lies…lies.

balkanmom on February 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

When these types of movies are made in order to distort the real people involved, such as this one on Sarah Palin; it reinforces to me that liberalism is a true mental disorder.

Cherokee on February 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I think he looks more like McCain then she looks like Palin.

jeffn21 on February 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

hmmmm… “….depress the hell out of disillusioned Democrats,…” democrats love being disillusioned, depressed, lied to, pandered to, coddled cradle to grave, hand fed, diapered and _________ (fill in the blank). They need to live in misery in order to feel alive – pathetic drones.

uber-con on February 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

but if she pushes him to stay in until the convention it will be a disaster, and I will hold her responsible for her role in it.

Buy Danish on January 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Sound the alarms, load the cannons, a Hot Air poster who hates her already is going to hold Palin personally responsible if Newt sticks around until the convention. The Palin that the haters all say is insignificant -how can she force Newt to do anything? Maybe you should hold Mittens responsible if he can’t make the sale well enough to convince Newt to fold? I’m sure she’s worried.

If people perceive her to be a destructive force she’ll end up unemployed. So yeah, I’ll hold her responsible and so will many other Americans. It’s the free market and all that…

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Apparently there is some large cabal of FOX viewers prepared to boycott the station if Palin doesn’t rally behind Mitt. One has to wonder if there is some convention or list of those indignant viewers – those who think Palin is a magician and is truely a kingmaker able to force candidates to drop out.

katiejane on February 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

HBO can make fantastic television but this looks like a ridiculously bad hit piece.

Then again if they can do it to a truly visionary leader (Thatcher), why would Hollywood have any qualms about hitting Palin?

CorporatePiggy on February 1, 2012 at 7:19 AM

It’s totally despicable when Hollyweird makes films that trash the legacy of historical figures. I have seen trailers of “Iron Lady” where Meryl Streep tries to portray Margaret Thatcher as a hysterical, self-absorbed, arrogant prima donna, but the real Lady Thatcher was down-to-earth and disciplined, which earned her the respect of the British people and other great leaders of her time, including Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Anyone who admired the real Margaret Thatcher should avoid “Iron Lady”, to avoid enriching those who trash her.

Sarah Palin was a great Governor for Alaska, but she was unprepared for the viciousness of the MSM in the Lower 48 in 2008. She may never be Presidential material, but any movie depicting her lying on the floor in a fetal position (as in this trailer) is beyond the pale. Palin-haters may get some sadistic glee of schadenfreude from this movie, but anyone who supports her, or even respects her efforts, should stay away from this movie–to avoid enriching the Palin-haters!

Steve Z on February 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Ed Harris sat silently and folded his arms as others stood and applauded when a Lifetime Achievement Oscar was given to legendary director Elia Kazan. It’s no surprise to me that he’s participating in this.

L.N. Smithee on February 1, 2012 at 1:05 AM

I mentioned that on page 1.
*smiles*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM

but any movie depicting her lying on the floor in a fetal position (as in this trailer) is beyond the pale. Palin-haters may get some sadistic glee of schadenfreude from this movie, …
Steve Z on February 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

It’s barely disguised glee at this type of thing that makes me think Palin should feel free to do absolutely whatever she choses to do regarding this primary cycle.

If she thinks Romney is a disaster that is an opinion she doesn’t actually have to justify to people. She may not really want to support Newt and doesn’t feel Santorum has any chance of getting elected it is probably understandable for her to not endorse any of them. She is entitled to have political opinions just like we all do – if the media chooses to be interested in hers and that irritates people their option is to get over it.

katiejane on February 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

katiejane on February 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Let’s be clear: When it comes to Palin, familiarity breeds contempt. I began as an enthusiastic supporter, but the more I have seen her in action the more I dislike her (indeed, the more contemptible she becomes). It’s not just me. There are many former admirers of hers right here at Hot Air who are fed up with her antics. My husband was a huge Palin booster but even he can’t stand her anymore. For him it began when she pulled that stunt over the summer on her bus tour when she tried to steal Mitt’s thunder by showing up in N.H. the day he formally announced. It was a low class move on her part and spoke to a juvenile need to hog the spotlight.

Meanwhile, how her supporters can stand by her after her teasing them and deceiving them into thinking she would run is hilarious to me. She’s played you all for fools, getting you to donate to her PAC while she got a free vacation for her and the kids under the guise of “learning about our country’s history”.

As to this campaign season, she is being completely disingenuous with the “vetting” baloney. She lied about Rick Perry and his vulture capitalism comments (either that or she was shockingly ignorant of current events). She has aligned herself with the croniest-capitalist of them all, the one who has the most character flaws and who ironically is getting “massive amounts of cash” from one man, a Casino magnate. So much for her standing up for the principles she claims to hold dear.

She could have chosen Santorum but she didn’t and now she sounds like a damn fool as she flails around with her idiotic talking points about “Alinsky” and “Stalinists” and “annoying liberals”. I’m not a liberal by any means but she’s doing a great job of annoying me. I betcha Fox News viewers in the majority are pretty well fed up with her too.

So hey, you stick by Ms. Goin’ Rogue Palinsky and her scorched earth tactics. As I said earlier, if she succeeds in dividing us further, and sucking our side’s resources up over a senseless battle waged for her ego and Newt’s, the only person who benefits is Barack Obama. Heck, even Neal Boortz, who is a huge Newt fan said he doesn’t think he can win a general election. He just said, “Those who can’t win independent voters need to be a Fox News contributor next year, not President of the United States”.

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Nicely put. I sort of suspect that IF Romney gets the nomination and beats Obama there will be a lot of people taking a long hiatus from the blogs and cable night time shows (fox/CNN/MSnbc).
Primarily because the last 12 years has been so polarizing with the fringes of both sides so engaged that the rest of us will welcome a period of time to focus on other more important things.

Bradky on February 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

When it comes to Palin, familiarity breeds contempt. I began as an enthusiastic supporter, but the more I have seen her in action the more I dislike her (indeed, the more contemptible she becomes).

I’m not inclined to check the archives but if you say you were an “enthusiastic supporter” I have to say it must have ben quite awhile ago. Your snarking about her has been pretty consistent for awhile.

For him it began when she pulled that stunt over the summer on her bus tour when she tried to steal Mitt’s thunder by showing up in N.H. the day he formally announced. It was a low class move on her part and spoke to a juvenile need to hog the spotlight.

Oh my gosh – your husband got upset because a politician did something they though would help them politically? How dare she not be Joan of Arc.

Meanwhile, how her supporters can stand by her after her teasing them and deceiving them into thinking she would run is hilarious to me. She’s played you all for fools, getting you to donate to her PAC while she got a free vacation for her and the kids under the guise of “learning about our country’s history”.

She never said she was going to run. Is there some reason you and those who feel used didn’t accept that she was thinking about it? Palin was criticized for not being serious and thinking it thru when she accepted the VP nomination – shouldn’t she take time to assess her strenghts/weaknesses, electability,potential for success. People donated money or didn’t – they shouldn’t think they owned her.

She could have chosen Santorum but she didn’t and now she sounds like a damn fool as she flails around with her idiotic talking points about “Alinsky” and “Stalinists” and “annoying liberals”. I’m not a liberal by any means but she’s doing a great job of annoying me. I betcha Fox News viewers in the majority are pretty well fed up with her too.

Ever consider that she might not think Santorum is the best potential? She may think he’s too into social conservative issues to be able to have wide appeal? If he was such a sure thing wouldn’t everyone have endorsed him? If he was so obviously the best choice why did other politicians endorse Romney? Don’t “assume” you speak for anyone but you and apparently Mr.BD

So hey, you stick by Ms. Goin’ Rogue Palinsky and her scorched earth tactics. As I said earlier, if she succeeds in dividing us further, and sucking our side’s resources up over a senseless battle waged for her ego and Newt’s, the only person who benefits is Barack Obama….

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

. And that attitude is why I could understand Palin doing whatever she wants – since you think she’s beneath your contempt why should she give a rat’s patute about what you think?

katiejane on February 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Bradky on February 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I pray we get to the point where Romney defeats Obama. Nothing could be more urgent. I don’t know that blog traffic would slow that much though. Not as long as we’ve got people like Palin making mind-bogglingly one-sided claims about “false narratives“. I can just see her nipping at Mitt’s heels like an annoying little duck throughout a Romney presidency. Anyhoo, I really hope Hannity or Greta nail her on this in light of Newt’s disgraceful false narrative about Mitt and starving Holocaust survivors (not to mention his false narrative about Bain Capital. Sadly Hannity was filled with faux outrage last night over a Mitt PAC ad about Newt and Reagan which could not have been more benign, so I won’t hold my breath…

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I agree about Romney defeating Obama and wouldn’t be surprised if Palin takes that “role”. I won’t hold my breath for Greta or Hannity to display any objectivity irt Palin. It tweaks the ratings to let her go on.

Bradky on February 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

If you were doing a job well, but people who hated you more than they love their children used a loophole in the law to sue you just for the crime of showing up for work, causing you to pile up legal fees to the extent that you were no longer working to provide for your family, but to your lawyers, wouldn’t you take the first opportunity to do something else for a living?

L.N. Smithee on February 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM

The liberal playbook used against Newt Gingrich and his so-called fine forcing his removal as Speaker of the House, Sarah Palin in Alaska and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. The libs and pro illegal immigration groups have bogus lawsuits against Arpaio while appearing on local TV to complain Arpaio has too many lawsuits against him.

dthorny on February 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

katiejane on February 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I’m not inclined to check the archives but if you say you were an “enthusiastic supporter” I have to say it must have ben quite awhile ago. Your snarking about her has been pretty consistent for awhile.

I’ve been here since at least 2007. I was with her until she made that gawdawful resignation speech.

Oh my gosh – your husband got upset because a politician did something they though would help them politically? How dare she not be Joan of Arc.

Ah, so she was acting as a politician! I thought she was on vacation with her kids! But hey, thanks for admitting she made this tacky move for her own personal aggrandizement.

She never said she was going to run. Is there some reason you and those who feel used didn’t accept that she was thinking about it? Palin was criticized for not being serious and thinking it thru when she accepted the VP nomination – shouldn’t she take time to assess her strenghts/weaknesses, electability,potential for success. People donated money or didn’t – they shouldn’t think they owned her.

Yes, you are correct! She never said she was going to run. She sure did leave that option open though, didn’t she? And her supporters were on the edge of their seats waiting for her to announce a decision she knew well in advance. She sucked up a great deal of oxygen with her coy game…

Ever consider that she might not think Santorum is the best potential? She may think he’s too into social conservative issues to be able to have wide appeal? If he was such a sure thing wouldn’t everyone have endorsed him? If he was so obviously the best choice why did other politicians endorse Romney? Don’t “assume” you speak for anyone but you and apparently Mr.BD

I don’t assume anything! But the fact is Santorum fills the shoes of a “true conservative” far better than Newt Gingrich, as well as meeting all the other criteria she declared was oh so important – such as fighting crony capitalism. She is turning out to be a something of a fraud.

And that attitude is why I could understand Palin doing whatever she wants – since you think she’s beneath your contempt why should she give a rat’s patute about what you think?

Because my views represent the opinion of many conservatives/Republicans who are fed up with her unadulterated b.s.? If she were smart she’d listen to criticism instead of lobbing spitballs at her critics and making ludicrous statements about “Stalinists”.

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Yes when you ‘erase history’ as they did with the Nicaraguan episode,
when they echo Tom Brokaw’s fatuous representation of the ethics charges, yes that is Stalinist, rest assured Obama will be as reckless, as they will pull up the old Times and Fortune stories on Bain, in their commercials

narciso on February 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

narciso on February 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Oh please. Get a grip! Nobody’s “erasing history”.

Buy Danish on February 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Annoy Sarah Palin, vote Mitt!
MJBrutus on February 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM

bluegill on February 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I hope the movie flops and they lose money. That would be sweet. Seriously why are they making this movie? Has there been something left unsaid by the entertainment industry about Sarah Palin? And she isn’t even running for anything. I guess they’re just still obsessed.

magicbeans on February 1, 2012 at 8:11 PM

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