Bulworth

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Bulworth Review


You know, I've seen Network before, and it's a much better film.

Bulworth is, in the kindest of words, an "homage" to that picture, and at least it has an excellent role model. Simply take the story about a TV newsman who goes nuts, stirs up controversy, and fatally angers the establishment and change it to a US Senator who does the same thing, and you've got Bulworth.

Warren Beatty's title role performance is the only reason Bulworth has anything going for it at all. Much like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, Beatty takes a difficult character and makes it his own, and while Beatty as a foul-mouthed politician is not exactly playing against type, it's still his very aggressive performance that carries the picture.

Everything else, from the dismal supporting cast (Halle Berry has never looked so lost) to the throw-away one-liners (you've seen all the best over and over again on the trailers) is cut-and-pasted from Network or clearly dredged from some late night rewrite session.

Still, Beatty's in fine form, and his outrageous wackiness takes the film halfway to where it could have been. (And geez, he directed, produced, wrote, and starred in the film... maybe someone was a little too busy?) But overall, the missed opportunities, the overtly silly anti-PC message backed up by nothing, and the all-too-forseeable ending make Bulworth little more than a fable that we already knew: That anyone involved with politics is totally insane.

Insane in the membrane...



Bulworth

Facts and Figures

Run time: 108 mins

In Theaters: Friday 22nd May 1998

Box Office Worldwide: $29.2M

Budget: $30M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: 20th Century Fox

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Fresh: 49 Rotten: 16

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Senator Jay Billington Bulworth, as Nina, as Gary, as Constance Bulworth, Adilah Barnes as Mrs. Brown, J. Kenneth Campbell as Anthony, as L.D., as Rev. Wilberforce, as Missy Berliner, as Bill Feldman, as Mimi, as Helen, as Dennis Murphy, as 2nd American Politics Assistant, as Graham Crockett, as Eddie Davers, as Paul Robeson

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