‘The Front Runner’ Details the Turning Point in Media Coverage of Politics

For anyone who’s overdosing on U.S. politics, which is pretty much the entire world at this point, the idea of a film on the subject may give you pause.

However, Sony’s “The Front Runner,” which opens wide Nov. 21, is highly recommended because it offers a smart and important perspective on how we got to this point. It’s also entertaining.

“Front Runner” is the first produced screenplay for Matt Bai and Jay Carson, who together have 40 years of experience in politics, respectively as a reporter and a campaign consultant — i.e. operative.

“Whether you care about politics or not, this is a story of human beings struggling with extraordinary circumstances,” Carson says.

Bai adds that even for non-fans of U.S. politics, it’s a chance to see the work of expert filmmakers. “You’re also going to see an amazing ensemble of actors and great lead actor [Hugh Jackman], all at the top of their game.”

In adapting his 2014 book “All the Truth Is Out” (Penguin/Random House), Bai says: “We weren’t looking to make a message movie or preach to the choir. We wanted to ask the audience tough questions.”

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