“Hollywood lies are Hollywood lies,” said former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin when asked about HBO’s movie “Game Change,” which airs this Saturday at 9 p.m. She informed CNN that she had no plans to view the film, which chronicles the 2008 presidential campaign and her nomination as John McCain’s running mate.
While Julianne Moore’s portrayal of Palin can’t be considered flattering, we were oddly sympathetic to Palin at the end of the film. She’s depicted as a strong-willed person who was ill-prepared for the whirlwind she was thrown into, and there are a handful of moments where her best qualities are highlighted. We particularly liked her insistence that despite a statement to the contrary, she was not proud of her daughter Bristol’s pregnancy.
That said, there’s also a scene in which two political advisers explain to her that during World War I and II, Germany was the bad guy… while she fervently takes notes and appears positively thrilled by all that new information. Particularly the part where they have to point Germany out on a map.
She’s baffled by the revelation that North Korea and South Korea are two separate countries, and she doesn’t know what the Fed is. She frequently goes into near-catatonic states when campaign staffers are trying to explain things she doesn’t know.
When asked why she thinks her son is fighting in Iraq, she says plainly, “Because Saddam Hussein attacked us on 9/11,” (oops!) and she calls Senator Joe Biden “Senator O’Biden” several times after being instructed not to do that. Because, you know… it’s not his name.
Do you think that the campaign staff should have refrained from revealing behind-the-scenes info to the producers?