Sunday, January 3, 2016

Frontrunners (2008)

Director: Caroline Suh

Starring: George Zisiadis, Hannah Freiman, Michael Zaytsev, Matt Polazzo, Jon Edelman, Alex Leonard, Vanessa Charubhumi, Lauren Gonzales

More info: IMDb

Tagline:It's politics as usual.

Plot: It's hard to run for office - even in high school. And the campaign for student body president at Stuyvesant, perhaps the most prestigious public high school in the country, is almost as sophisticated as any presidential election.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

What happens when you have an election where no one cares?  I get bored.   There were four pairs of candidates (pres and vice pres) running for the primary at which point only two pair will vie for the prize.  One pair (I've forgotten everyone's names) were aloof and kind of didn't give a shit.  They're the ones I would've voted for.  Hannah made the runoff against George, a boring-ass candidate who struggled with speaking in public with a vocabulary that would choke a horse.  His word choices were awkward and he came across as one who uses irregular words to impress people.  He's also full of himself.  I didn't like Hannah either but at least she had a personality.  She was advocating starting a school newsletter so the students know what's going on.  Why bother when you have a school newspaper?  It's a dumb race and maybe that's part of the point of the film.  Of course the over-priced piece of cardboard wins the race by a large margin.  I'm about three times the age of the subjects of this film and that might be part of my problem with the picture in that these kids are at that awkward age where they're trying to behave like adults but they sound and behave like little kids or something to that effect.  The Oscilloscope DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print and extras including 6 trailers for Oscilloscope films (including this one), a commentary track with the director, producer, the candidates and a teacher, and a few little clips that look like deleted and extended scenes.

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