The Ides of March (2011)


The Ides of March is a political movie, or rather a movie about politics, in which an idealistic young man resorts to backstabbing and dirty tricks to win a presidential campaign.

The Ides of March is based on a play by Beau Willimon, who based his play on the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean. I don’t feel that Howard Dean is really a young candidate, but I guess it’s all relative, since Barack Obama is essentially a toddler compared to the decrepitude of most candidates who are old enough to have had a dinosaur for a pet growing up.

The Scoop

George Clooney is directing, which is really surprising, since I don’t think of him being involved in politics at all. Oh, wait. He’s an outspoken douche. Never mind. I’m sure the film will show how the conservatives are all evil bastards who have corrupted the American political system and forced the good, decent liberals to lower themselves to their level.

He’s wrong though. Both sides are full of corrupt bastards. That’s why I only cast my vote for American Idol. Totally.


Nothing yet.

Who’s It For?

No rating, but likely either PG-13 or R.


Movie Release Date

December, 2011 limited release for the Oscars, full release in January of 2012.

Who’s In It?

 Ryan Gosling … Stephen Myers
  Paul Giamatti … Myers
  George Clooney
  Marisa Tomei
  Evan Rachel Wood
  Philip Seymour Hoffman … Paul Zara
  Max Minghella
  Jeffrey Wright

Related Movies

The Informant!, Michael Clayton, Syriana,

What’s Good About It?

If they have the Howard Dean guy go nuts and say, “YEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHH!” then I’ll probably see it.

What’s Bad About It?

Clooney, while talented, is a bit preachy, and even when I agree with him I feel he’s a bit smug and self assured.

Our Clever Prediction

Likely Oscar nominations, decent box office. Clooney will continue to tap all sorts of awesome ass in the meantime.

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  1. Whoever wrote this is “an outspoken douche.”

    Looking for a review of this upcoming movie, not some pissed off blog-writer who has a grudge against the stars. You’d be “smug and self-assured” if you had millions of dollars and could make some pretty awesome movies.

    Thanks for sharing anything actually worth while about this movie. Oh wait, you didn’t.

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