Comedy


Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
107 mins
Stars:
Sandra Bullock, Ann Dowd, Zoe Kazan, Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton
Director:
David Gordon Green
Producer:
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

Content at a Glance


Sex


talk of a candidate having a past affair; a question about whether someone had sex, and the “f” word is invoked.

Language


constant harsh language including gd, j, and the f word over and over, as well as slang for testicles.

Violence


man smashes egg over a candidate’s head; man is punched; rocks are thrown at a bus; officers strike demonstrators with clubs and take them to the ground; officers fire off gas bombs, and people are in the thick of them; a llama is struck by a car.

Drugs


drinking in several scenes; drugs are mentioned in a few scenes and the fact that a girl caught with cocaine wound up committing suicide; mention that a candidate’s son is on drugs; a lot of smoking scenes, including the smoking of cigarettes and cigars.

Nudity


rear female nudity; shirtless men; cleavage; a woman’s thigh is visible as she wears just a long shirt in a scene; woman in short skirt.

Other


strong tension and disagreements between characters; a character vomits into a trash can; a few characters use their middle fingers; deceit and unearthing dirt on candidates in the political scenes.



Synopsis

An American woman, well-versed in political campaigns, is sent to the war-torn lands of South America to help install a new leader but is threatened to be thwarted by a long-term rival.


Movie Message

“Our Brand Is Crisis” (2015) is a smart, gritty, realistic look at the world of politics. In this case, the plot takes place in Bolivia where political fix-it woman Jane (Sandra Bullock) is asked to help a badly losing politician, Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida), who is running for president, and turn the campaign and Castillo around. She believes the way to win is to take this cold, aloof candidate and show him as a man who rolls up his sleeves in a crisis — and a crisis is exactly what Bolivia is facing.

Jane, also called “Calamity Jane,” is one tough cookie. When asked if she ever worked for a politician she didn’t believe in, she replies, “Sure, I can believe anything if the pay is enough.” She has a knack for seeing what others don’t see, and she locks horns with Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), the strategist for Castillo’s rival, Rivera (Louis Arcella). Candy has beaten her before, and she is determined that this time her candidate will emerge victoriously. The film features comedic moments, despite its dramatic and tense plot. Jane, suffering from the altitude when she first arrives in the country, vomits the first time she meets with Castillo’s campaign team. When asked to see him again, she is still not well and says, “I don’t want to keep vomiting every time I see him. It wouldn’t be good for his morale.”

Despite the secret plots and the rabbits that both Jane and Candy pull out of their hats, the winning candidate doesn’t take long to break his promises. The film shows the ugly side of politics but also shows what a “roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work” attitude can accomplish. The conclusion, which features a definite change in Jane, is interesting. Unfortunately, the movie contains constant strong and harsh language and rear female nudity when Jane moons the other campaign bus. Therefore, we are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

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