Irresistible is a political comedy written and directed by Jon Stewart. The film follows a Democratic strategist who tries to help a local candidate win an election in a small right-wing town. Irresistible was released during the COVID-19 pandemic and cost a whopping $20 bucks to stream right into my family room. Despite the inflated cost, I thought the movie was decent.
Irresistible opens with a successful Democratic campaigner, Gary Zimmer (Steve Corell) in despair due to the results of the 2016 election. One of Gary’s colleagues shows him a viral video of Marine Colonel Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) reprimanding the mayor in a speech regarding the undocumented immigrant population who lives in his conservative hometown of Deerlaken, Wisconsin. Gary decides if he can run Hastings as the Democratic mayoral candidate in the next election, he can convince the American people in the heartland to vote democrat in the next presidential election. After arriving in Deerlaken, Gary soon meets Hastings and his daughter Diana Hastings (Mackenzie Davis) and pitches his idea. Hastings initially declines considering himself more of a conservative and having no real interest in politics, but later relents and agrees to run under the condition that Gary runs his campaign.
Despite the fact incumbent, Mayor Braun (Brent Sexton) is being funded by the Republican National Committee, Gary and Hastings must come up with new and innovative ideas to counter the endless money the RNC has to spend on the campaign. Gary has to depend on Democratic donations from elsewhere enabling him to upgrade their campaigning methods.
Irresistible turns out to be quite exciting and funny. Of course in order not to spoil the movie, I will stop here except to say that there is so much more to Irresistible than you can figure out. It’s not predictable and you will probably never see the end coming. The film has many familiar comedians like Debra Messing and C.J. Wilson to liven up the plot. I think this movie is a much needed comic relief in this time of tragedy and upheaval. Irresistible was initially due to be released theatrically in May of 2020, however, the COVID-19 pandemic happened, which caused Focus Features to release the film on video, on-demand, and in limited theaters, June 26, instead. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who called it “a soft political satire”. Irresitible is available via most cable carriers, Prime Video and Itunes. DVD release is scheduled for September 1, 2020. Check it out!
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Searching is a thriller directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. A father tries to find his missing 16-year-old daughter. Searching is described by the media as being the first mainstream Hollywood thriller headlined by an Asian-American actor. It seems race relations ARE getting a little better!
** SLIGHT SPOILERS **
Searching opens in San Jose, California with David Kim (John Cho) looking through old videos of his daughter, Margot Kim (Michelle La) and his late wife, Pamela Nam Kim (Sara Sohn). After Pamela died from cancer and Margot grew older, their relationship began to drift apart. One night, while David was asleep, Margot who had gone to a study group called him three times. David didn’t discover the missed calls until the next morning. He tries to return her calls, but she doesn’t answer, so he assumes she is attending a scheduled piano lesson. After a time, David calls her piano instructor who reveals that Margot canceled her piano lessons six months ago. David discovers that Margot put the money he gave her for the lessons into her bank account and transferred $2500 to a now deleted Venmo account. David decides to report her as missing.
The case is assigned to San Jose PD Detective Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing), who asks David to give her more information about Margot. David contacts all of Margot’s friends after successfully logging onto her Facebook account and finds that she has no close friends. After Vick finds out that Margot made a fake ID for herself, she suggests to David that his daughter may have simply stolen his money and run away.
Searching becomes pretty intense with a surprise ending you won’t see coming. The cast is consist pretty much of David, Pamala, Margot and Vick who all do a brilliant job of portraying their characters. This film uses the technology of smartphones and computers (mainly Facebook) for a large part of the story. The only criticism I have for Searching is the questionable decision made by Margot regarding the reason she quit piano lessons and the intended use for the $2500 she saved up. Other characters like fish n chips/Robert Vick (Steven Michael Eich), Detective Vick’s son, Peter Kim (Joseph Lee), David’s brother and Randy Cartoff (Ric Sarabia), an x-con, helped intensify the plot and make up the rest of the cast. I highly recommend Searching, it’s a good one, check it out!
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