The Front Runner is the true story of Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), the
Democratic senator for Colorado who in 1987 was campaigning to become the
next President of the United States. His campaign was going very
successfully and it looked very likely that he was going to become the next
However his campaign hit the buffers when one night journalists, who are
camped outside his home, see him go in with a woman who isn’t his wife.
The resultant sex scandal and the fallout that came from the media coverage
was to ultimately cost him the Presidency.
The Front Runner, is interesting and Jackman plays the part of a man who
might or might not have been wronged very well, as does Vera Farmiga as his
“supportive” wife and J.K. Simmons as Hart’s campaign manager.
The one problem with Director Jason Reitman’s film is that it feels as if
time has passed it by as sex scandals involving politicians are common news
now and more often than not don’t even make front page news.
However I don’t think that Reitman is trying to give us a tale of the past
but more a tale of how, and remember this is an American story, the press
are responsible for where American politics is now.
Hart whilst giving his resignation speech to the press tells them that
through their actions “In the future we’ll get the leaders we deserve”. If
that isn’t a nod to today’s politicians then I don’t know what it is.
Go and see The Front Runner watch it and enjoy it, but remember to look
deeper than the single sex scandal that ultimately brings down Hart. Do
that and you might find The Front Runner more substantial than it first