A good “Hollywood” drama with the star power of Clooney and Gosling (what a year he had!) and critical favorites Seymour Hoffman and Giamatti. What could go wrong? Happily not a great deal as the film does a pretty good job of delving into the political intrigue of a Democratic primary race and the corruption it breeds. It does feel a little contrived at times and wraps up its loose ends a little too neatly but on the whole it works rather well and walks the line of setting its action amongst political processes without involving too much partisan politicing. Enjoyable.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Hits a good balance of comedy and drama. Emotional without feeling too manipulative. You couldn’t say the role is really a stretch for Seth Rogen but he plays it very well and I found it to be his most affecting character. Likewise Joseph Gorden Levitt does a great job and it building an impressive filmography following successes like Brick, 500 Days of Summer, and Inception. I have seen some criticism of the films treatment of its female…