War Room

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

All the frantic strategizing and action in a large space located in an old newspaper building in Little Rock undoubtedly helped Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992. Known as the "war room," it's here that Clinton's two campaign generals, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos held forth aided by a large staff of intensely dedicated workaholics. A roving cameraman was allowed to capture highlights of the feverish activity and the result is a fast moving, engrossing political documentary. Beginning with some footage of the Democratic national convention in New York, the film soon moves to the war room where flamboyant Carville, the ragin' Cajun from Louisiana, holds center stage. Alongside him, the more subdued Stephanopoulos adds some thoughtfulness and sophistication to the proceedings. Activities range from deliberations on campaign emphasis, to developing campaign radio ads, to dealing with charges that Clinton had an affair with entertainer Jennifer Flowers. Events move so rapidly that no issue is covered in depth and viewers only get a taste of what went on in the room. All the tension filled days finally come to an end with an emotional farewell speech by Carville to the devoted staff.

Unfortunately, the cameras pick up on much of the uninhibited language in the room which includes numerous obscenities and profanities. Much of the foul language originates with Carville himself, who even makes crude, comical references to intercourse and sexual self-gratification. Not all of the dialogue is understandable because the camera was unable to get a clear recording of all the rapid fire unrehearsed conversations. Even so, the foul language frequently comes through loud and clear. The loyalty and dedication of the staff is clearly evident and all are convinced that a change is needed in government. Loyal Democrats will relish the excitement and drama of this film, while Republicans will just grin and bear it.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor:
October Films, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY 10111

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times - Mild 5, Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Many (13) times (f-word 1, s-word 11, others 2)

Profanity: Several (6) times - Regular 5 (G-d), Exclamatory 1

Violence: None

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times (beer drinking)

Other: Discussion of Clinton's alleged affair and illegitimate child

Running Time:
Intended Audience: Adults


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