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Shows how voters/the electorate can be manipulated by dark money and outside donors. Cynical look at the way the U.S. political machine works. Integrity is great, but it's usually not enough to win.
Positive Role Models
Characters constantly manipulate others in attempt to win/get ahead. Political consultants are portrayed as selfish, devious. That said, Diana is clever, keeps her perspective in whirlwind situation, speaks up in defense of others. Jack is discovered because he speaks out in support of treating immigrants with compassion, respect. But while Faith is sharp, smart, successful in field often ruled by men, she's no role model. Gary is often condescending to people he meets in Wisconsin. Notable lack of diversity (all major characters are White) doesn't accurately represent makeup of U.S. (especially those who identify as liberal/Democratic).
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of rude sexual gestures. Crass sexual comments fly back and forth during exchange intended to be funny. A couple makes out in an over-the-top way.
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Strong language, including frequent use of "f--k." Also "a--hole," "damn," "douche bag," "goddammit," and "s--t." "D--k" and "p---y" are used to mean both genitalia and "jerk" and "weak." "Oh my God" used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Mentions or visuals of brands, used mostly to define characters, include Aqua Hydrate, Ben & Jerry, Bose, Budweiser, Ford Explorer, Google and Apple products, and Red Bull.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An unlikeable character smokes and vapes. A local pub is a central meeting spot; one character's beer order is a running joke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Irresistible is an election comedy directed by Jon Stewart that pokes fun at both of the United States' main political parties. It takes place after Donald Trump's victory over Hilary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race and is about the cutthroat, manipulative behavior of political strategists (Steve Carell, Rose Byrne) who will do whatever it takes to win an election of any size. The idea here is that the D.C. political operatives are vile -- they curse (expect frequent use of "f--k" and lots more), argue viciously, and use crude sexual language, as well as treat locals condescendingly. The small-town Wisconsin residents are portrayed as kind but not rubes or hicks. Characters drink at a bar, and one smokes/vapes. A couple makes out in an over-the-top way. The film has a notable lack of diversity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Jon Stewart's directorial chops in comedy are just as sharp as his delivery a decade ago on The Daily Show. Irresistible is a kick in the pants. Stewart is a master of blending reality and parody in the political news world, and his feature comedy writing and directing debut is laugh-out-loud funny, even if you're watching alone. What's slipped a bit is his ability to make ground-breaking, earth-shattering revelations. Political operatives are sleazy? Yep, we know. Small town folk are nice? Uh-huh, nothing new. While the movie's story takes some surprising turns, the big message has been out there for a while: The U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, which made it OK for corporations to contribute as much as they want to political campaigns, has mucked up the ways that campaigns are run, to no benefit of voters. Many viewers are likely to react with a nod, a yup, and a tsk-tsk, but Irresistible is unlikely to spur the activism that Stewart seems to be hoping to stir from both parties. The interview that runs during the last part of the movie's end credits is the only substantial reveal, and even then, it's news most of us already know.
Stewart is known to be a friend of those who identify as liberal, but, if anything, he's always tried to stand with reason. Here, he gives both "sides" of the United States a reason to laugh both at themselves (an excerpt from a real NPR piece is on-the-nose hysterical) and at each other, and he clearly wants voters to see that no one benefits from the way modern campaigns are funded. Greg is a very Carell character: obnoxious, arrogant, and successful despite his obvious shortcomings. Byrne has long shown that she can play terrible people with such flair that you can't imagine anyone doing it better -- and she's in peak performance as GOP strategist Faith Brewster, who has the look of Hope Hicks, the style of Ivanka Trump, and the fangs of Kellyanne Conway. While Gen Z is quickly becoming the most politically active generation since the teens of the late '60s, they're also less familiar with Stewart's work and less likely to bite on this concept, especially because it doesn't even touch on foreign influence in U.S. elections. Plus, the film is coming out at a time when teens are primarily focused on social justice. Stewart delivers an important message, but young people may be less likely to listen to it when they see greater issues at stake -- or, for that matter, when they don't see themselves reflected on-screen.
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