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Grassroots

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Grassroots

Stephen Gyllenhaal (2012)

98min
15 Certificate
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After years of working in television, Stephen Gyllenhaal (father of Jake and Maggie) returns to directing movies with this quirky true-life comedy about US local politics. Jason Biggs (of American Pie fame) stars as Phil Campbell, an out-of-work journalist-turned-campaign manager to best friend Grant Cogswell (Joel David Moore), who's determined to oust a local councillor (Cedric the Entertainer) for failing to expand Seattle's congestion-busting monorail system. Cogswell, whose political platform is based entirely on a single issue, is the sort of kook who wears polar-bear suits. He's an underdog, but not really one you feel like rooting for, especially against an opponent who you suspect would probably do a better job. The movie is a decently made and amiably acted David-and Goliath tale, but drifts along without really registering.

Summary

An eccentric music critic with an idealistic love of his Seattle home resolves to win a place on its council. Recruiting an unemployed friend as a campaign manager, he soon attracts a vast following of the city's outsiders inspired by his grand ambition to build a monorail. Fact-based comedy, starring Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore.

Cast & Crew

Phil Campbell Jason Biggs
Grant Cogswell Joel David Moore
Emily Bowen Lauren Ambrose
Clair Cobie Smulders
Tommy Tom Arnold
Richard McIver Cedric the Entertainer
Nick Ricochet Todd Stashwick
Theresa Glendon Emily Bergl
Wayne D C Pierson
Jim Tripp Christopher McDonald
Director Stephen Gyllenhaal
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Intandem Film Distributors Guidance: Swearing, sexual references, drug abuse. Released on: 9 Nov 2012

Comedy

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