hbo’s game change: not the worst made-for-tv movie ever

I’m sure there are people that watched Game Change for political reasons; however, I am not one of them. The opportunity to view Julianne Moore (who did a completely spot-on impersonation) as Sarah Palin was the big draw and for that simple reason, this movie was well worth spending two hours in front of the television.

Was it accurate? I’ll leave that argument to the historians, government officials and journalists. Did it entertain? Completely. I was surprised that the movie was so well-paced and only lulled during the first 15 minutes. Think W, the President Bush biopic, but over a shorter span of time. Speaking of Bush, how amazing would it have been if these two were the ones who ran together? The interviews and made up words would have been priceless.

Here are my favorite parts (and trivia) from a movie that probably made McCain and a slew of other people that were involved with the campaign wish ANY other prospective VP had made the cut:

  • Sarah Palin doesn’t curse.
  • Ron Livingston as Mark Wallace. His role wasn’t a major part of the movie, but I haven’t really seen him in anything for a year or two, so I appreciated the appearance. I’m betting someone over at HBO felt they owed him after making Berger such a huge douche.
  • Levi  Johnston once had a mullet.
  • Palin came up with the hockey mom/pit bull/lipstick quote all by herself. Pretty impressive considering that the teleprompter broke in the middle of her speech.
  • Palin’s “flippin’ awesome” in response to one of her history lessons. The same history lessons that were probably better suited for a contestant of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? than the country’s next vice president.
  • Sarah Paulson’s (most recently known as Billie Dean from American Horror Story) amazing portrayal of Nicole Wallace. I can only appreciate this because I remember watching Wallace do interviews during the campaign and thinking how perpetually annoyed she always seemed. Now it makes sense.
  • The scene where Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) coaches Palin on not saying “Senator O. Biden”. The whole bit was funny and unlike the rest of the movie, it was genuinely “ha-ha” funny and not “wow, this is pretty pitiful, how embarrassing for Sarah Palin” funny.
  • “Holy geez, that’s cool.” This is when I believed the earlier assertion that Palin doesn’t curse.
  • The end of the movie when Palin decided she would also make a concession speech, something that had never been done by any VP candidate…ever. This may have marked the end of the election but it was very clear she had no plans to head back to Alaska. Whether or not this happened, it demonstrated how arrogant the “character” became as the little taste of power went to her head. My dad, providing running commentary during our viewing experience, summed this up by saying, “I’ve never seen someone with such a dumb head end up getting such a big head.”
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