“The Campaign” premiered over the weekend, and since I love a good list, I wrote up the obvious one for this film: my ten favorite elections and campaigns from movies over the years.
Here’s an excerpt from the list:
This weird 1998 film was co-written, co-produced and directed by its star, Warren Beatty, and follows a lifetime politician who sees the end of his career drawing nigh, and decides to go out with a bang — only to find out that giving up on traditional politics could be the best way to get reelected. While the film wasn’t exactly well received, it does hold the distinction of having not one but two scenes in which Warren Beatty raps. (No, seriously.)
You can check out the rest of the list (with lots of videos) over at IFC.com.
It’s worth noting that one of the films I considered that I’m sure everyone will bring up is “Napoleon Dynamite.” I thought about it, but then realized that Pedro’s campaign is really just a small part of the film — though Napoleon’s election-winning dance was almost the deciding factor in that movie’s favor.
Feel free to let me know which films you think I missed, as I’m sure there are a lot of great election- or campaign-themed movies out there that I just haven’t seen (yet).
Also, many thanks to my pals Erik and Lisa, who helped me brainstorm this list between rounds in our weekly trivia session.