Fair Game

  • 12
  • Doug Liman (2010)
  • US / UAE (SUB)
  • 103 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Naomi Watts impresses, while the often impressive Sean Penn coasts, in this dramatised account of the Valerie Plame scandal. CIA operative Plame (Watts) had her cover deliberately blown by the Bush administration in 2003, apparently in response to a critical newspaper article about the reasons for invading Iraq by her ex-diplomat husband, Joe Wilson (Penn). The two-time Oscar winner hardly stretches himself as the outraged spouse whose piece "What I Didn't Find in Africa" - denying that Saddam Hussein had actually been trying to obtain uranium - put him on a collision course with a US government determined to go to war with the dictator. The movie's driving force is Watts, whose depiction of a professional spook attempting to negotiate a political minefield as well as hold her stressed-out marriage together is thoroughly convincing. Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) contributes, too, by delivering a complex story that efficiently and seamlessly blends news footage with dramatic reconstruction. And the notion of the CIA being presented as hapless victims of White House chicanery is certainly a cinematic novelty.

Plot Summary

Political thriller based on a true story, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. After 18 years serving for the government, Valerie Plame - an undercover CIA officer with an impeccable record - struggles to save her reputation, her career and her marriage following a devastating White House press leak.

Cast and crew


Valerie Plame
Naomi Watts
Joseph "Joe" Wilson
Sean Penn
Sam Plame
Sam Shepard
Noah Emmerich
Michael Kelly (2)
Jim Pavitt
Bruce McGill
Scooter Libby
David Andrews (2)
Ty Burrell


Doug Liman

Other Information

English, French +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment One
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 11 Mar 2011
Certificate 12
Entertainment One UK