Jay Roach (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This is a surprisingly compelling dramatisation of the uncertain weeks after the 2000 US presidential election (George W Bush versus Al Gore), when the final result depended on a series of ballot recounts in Florida. Kevin Spacey leads the cast as the Democrats' legal adviser, Ron Klain, and Tom Wilkinson and John Hurt provide gravitas as party grandees James Baker III and Warren Christopher. Laura Dern's Golden Globe-winning turn as Katherine Harris (the self-serving Secretary of State for Florida who became a laughing stock) lifts the tone from earnest reconstruction to something more outrageous - in line with director Jay Roach's previous work (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents). A nifty script and consistently winning performances manage to introduce genuine tension and intrigue to an episode whose outcome is all-too-well known. Don't expect political balance, though: it's clear whom the film-makers consider the baddies to be.


Fact-based drama following the events surrounding the controversial US presidential election of 2000 that first brought George W Bush to the White House. As the electoral results from Florida seem inconclusive, legal and political battle lines are drawn between the rival parties, and calls are made for a recount. Starring Kevin Spacey, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern.

Cast & Crew

Ron Klain Kevin Spacey
Ben Ginsberg Bob Balaban
David Boies Ed Begley Jr
Katherine Harris Laura Dern
Warren Christopher John Hurt
Michael Whouley Denis Leary
Mac Stipanovich Bruce McGill
James Baker Tom Wilkinson
Director Jay Roach
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