Film series has fun with politics

Oct 01, 2012
Reese Witherspoon mixes sugar with poison in “Election.”

Belfast — With the election nearing and the airwaves over run with campaign advertising, everyone could all a good laugh at the expense of the politicians. In October, the Belfast Free Library's Friday Night Flicks film series will present three comedies on the subject of  politics. All the films are presented in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St., at 7 p.m. free of charge.

“Election,” showing on Oct. 5, is a satirical look at politics through the lens of a high school election. Matthew Broderick stars as a teacher who comes to realize that one of the candidates, played by Reese Witherspoon, is purely evil and needs to be prevented from gaining any power, even that of class president.

On Oct. 12, Kevin Kline plays the title character in “Dave,” a spitting image of the sitting president. When the Secret Service enlists him as a stand-in, he ends up running the country in his own style and even falls in love with the First Lady. Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley also star.

Warren Beatty both directs and stars in “Bulworth” on Oct. 19, joined in the cast by Halle Berry and Don Cheadle. Sen. Jay Bulworth decides to end both his life and career. He hires a hit man to assassinate him and spends his last days telling his constituents what he really thinks. Of course, things just get complicated from there.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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