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The Comey Rule

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature political drama provides few insights, but still fun.

TV Showtime Drama 2020
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A mostly transparent yet deeply humanizing portrayal of the historical, real-life behind the scenes dilemma involving the criminal investigations of two U.S. presidential candidates , in which the best of intentions may not always lead to the best decisions or the best outcomes.

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This series might be light on "behind-the-curtain" moments, but that's not to say it isn't entertaining.I f you're tuning into The Comey Rule for answers, insights, or revelations regarding the 2016 election's various scandals or the titular character's fall from grace at the hands of Donald Trump, you'll likely feel duped once you reach the end of its nearly four-hour runtime. It covers a lot of ground, offering a surprisingly digestible take on everything from Hillary's emails and Putin's election interference to FBI Director Comey's stubborn moral code and President Trump's troubled first days in office. But if you followed any of the nonstop news cycle when these events actually unfolded, you're unlikely to learn anything new, let alone surprising, from this dramatization.

While all of the scandalous election's greatest hits -- from Michael Flynn's lying to Anthony Weiner's sexting -- play a bit like yesterday's news, the series does provide a fresh peek into Comey's personal life. We primarily see the FBI boss at the bureau, leading his agents like a Boy Scout in a navy blue suit, but the character's at his most compelling when he's at home. Watching him navigate the minefield of sticking to his moral code while also making his wife and four Hillary-supporting daughter's proud provides some of series' most absorbing scenes.

Thanks to its polished production values and award-worthy performances, it remains engaging even when wading into the most well-trodden territory. Daniels and Gleeson are both excellent, with the latter pulling off the seemingly impossible task of not playing Trump like a caricature or variety show impersonation. And while these conflicting characters steal the show, the drama benefits equally from a strong, supporting cast that includes Holly Hunter, Jonathan Banks, and a veritable who's who of faces you'll recognize from other series. Watch The Comey Rule like a popcorn retelling of current events, and you're in for a fun romp. Approach it searching for the answers you didn't get in 2016, however, and you'll wind up more frustrated than an unfairly dismissed government official.

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