Movie review: Jon Stewart's 'Irresistible' breathtakingly bad political 'comedy'

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Published: Jun 23, 2020
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83% Liberal


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83% Positive Sentiment + Policies: Anti-Discrimination Laws = 83% Liberal


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95% "A title card reading Rural America, Heartland, U.S.A. tells us where this tale takes place, so, as you can see, this political comedy about (checks notes) campaign finance reform is extremely subtle and not condescending in any way."
91% "It seems Stewart has set his sights on being the American Armando Iannucci, the brilliant British political satirist behind Veep and In the Loop."
86% " Gary wants Jack to run for mayor and offers to run his campaign."
81% "Cast: Steve Carell, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Rose Byrne."
79% "Jon Stewart's new film, Irresistible, opens with a sequence knitting together sound bites of the 2016 presidential debates and footage of a strongman taking a cannonball to the gut, before Bob Seger's Still the Same plays over photos of small-town campaign stops."
74% "In Irresistible (a title seemingly chosen only for the fact that resist is in the middle of it), Stewart errs on the side of safe, especially with the denizens of Deerlaken."
69% "Is the film condescending, or is Gary?"
60% "That's sarcasm."
59% "But you just can't do both at the same time, as he tries to here."
-53% "This one, well, it's simply resistible."
-60% "It's hard to tell when he's the protagonist whose perspective we share, down to the gooey slow-mo glances with which he appraises Jack's daughter, Diana (Mackenzie Davis)."
-76% "It's ironic that the only crumb of anything worthwhile in Irresistible is this 30 seconds of documentary footage, where we can hear Stewart's voice from behind the camera, questioning a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission on the plausibility of his script."
-77% "When the Republicans get wind of it, they send in their Barbie bot Faith (Rose Byrne), who honestly behaves like an alien pretending to be a Fox News anchor."
-80% "He ends up neutering the whole endeavor, leaving Gary out to dry, but not before we are forced to spend the duration of the film with this unlikable, unrepentant jerk."
-99% "He bogs down his talented cast with a bewildering plot, tired tropes and embarrassing dialogue."

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95% : A title card reading "Rural America, Heartland, U.S.A." tells us where this tale takes place, so, as you can see, this political "comedy" about (checks notes) campaign finance reform is extremely subtle and not condescending in any way.
91% : It seems Stewart has set his sights on being the American Armando Iannucci, the brilliant British political satirist behind "Veep" and "In the Loop."
86% : " Gary wants Jack to run for mayor and offers to run his campaign.
83% : The plot concerns a small town in Wisconsin, Deerlaken, where a local farmer, Col. Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper), goes viral after a video of his stirring speech in defense of immigrants rights at a city council meeting is posted to the web.
81% : Cast: Steve Carell, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Rose Byrne.
79% : Jon Stewart's new film, "Irresistible," opens with a sequence knitting together sound bites of the 2016 presidential debates and footage of a strongman taking a cannonball to the gut, before Bob Seger's "Still the Same" plays over photos of small-town campaign stops.
74% : In "Irresistible" (a title seemingly chosen only for the fact that "resist" is in the middle of it), Stewart errs on the side of safe, especially with the denizens of Deerlaken.
73% : It's extremely condescending and unrelentingly cynical, before it rips the rug out from under the audience at the 11th hour, requiring a documentary-style explainer during the credits to clear up what the heck just happened.
73% : With "Irresistible," Stewart wants to have his blueberry streusel and eat it too, attempting to craft "biting" commentary with no teeth, that patronizes but refuses to offend, and stumbles over itself trying to be both snarky and sincere, a mode that Stewart easily toggled between on "The Daily Show."
73% : Rated R for language including sexual references.
69% : Is the film condescending, or is Gary?
67% : Soon, the establishment vultures swoop in to take advantage of this unicorn: an older white male military vet with seemingly progressive values.
61% : Perhaps it requires an outsider's perspective to truly see what makes American politics ridiculous, and "Veep" managed to pull off that barbed insight because no one was safe.
60% : That's sarcasm.
59% : But you just can't do both at the same time, as he tries to here.
47% : With hopes of activating rural voters to vote blue, in jets Dem strategist Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell), a right-wing radio host's dream of the "liberal elite," with his penchant for electric cars, NPR and "haricot verts.
47% : This one, well, it's simply resistible.
40% : It's hard to tell when he's the protagonist whose perspective we share, down to the gooey slow-mo glances with which he appraises Jack's daughter, Diana (Mackenzie Davis).
38% : Gary and Faith turn Deerlaken into the arena for their political bloodsport, undergirded by a frisson of truly disturbing sexual tension.
24% : It's ironic that the only crumb of anything worthwhile in "Irresistible" is this 30 seconds of documentary footage, where we can hear Stewart's voice from behind the camera, questioning a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission on the plausibility of his script.
23% : When the Republicans get wind of it, they send in their Barbie bot Faith (Rose Byrne), who honestly behaves like an alien pretending to be a Fox News anchor.
20% : He ends up neutering the whole endeavor, leaving Gary out to dry, but not before we are forced to spend the duration of the film with this unlikable, unrepentant jerk.
18% : It makes you wonder why Stewart didn't just make a documentary, rather than subjecting us to this breathtakingly bad and out-of-touch political humor, seemingly written by an artificial intelligence that was fed a steady diet of cable news and "Pod Save America."
1% : He bogs down his talented cast with a bewildering plot, tired tropes and embarrassing dialogue.

*Our bias meter rating uses data science including sentiment analysis, machine learning and our proprietary algorithm for determining biases in news articles. The rating is an independent analysis and is not affiliated nor sponsored by the news source or any other organization

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