2008 NR 1h 56m DVD


2008 NR 1h 56m DVD
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This Emmy-winning made-for-TV movie chronicles the extraordinary behind-the-scenes drama that unfolded in the weeks following the highly controversial 2000 election -- a presidential race that further split an already divided America. With the nation's leadership in the balance, the battle between George W. Bush and Al Gore comes down to a hotly contested vote count in Florida. Kevin Spacey and Laura Dern (in a Golden Globe-winning role) star.
Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Denis Leary, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Ed Begley Jr., John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Bob Balaban, Jayne Atkinson, Bruce Altman, Eve Gordon, Marcia Jean Kurtz
Jay Roach
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there is abundant profanity and a vulgar dialog reference to the sex scandal involving former President Bill Clinton. The cast of characters is split between Democrats and Republicans, with the script suggesting (but not as shrilly as documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 did) that the Republicans used thug tactics, smears, and cronyism to unfairly win the 2000 presidency (although some of the dialog refers to Democrats behaving just as unethically to "steal" past elections). There is also some social drinking.

Sexual Content

Crude verbal reference to President Bill Clinton's oral-sex scandal.


Scuffling in a protest-riot.


"S--t" and frequent use of "f--k" -- so much so that one character is scolded for it (not that it changes him much).

Social Behavior

While some characters, such as Warren Christopher and James Baker, seem more gentlemanly (and less profane) than others, each character, Democrat or Republican, seems to believe he or she is doing the proper thing, fighting in court to get the "rightful" president in office. Ron Klaim, who initially feels resentful against the Al Gore team for ousting him, regains his sense of party loyalty. The overtly religious (and Republican) Katherine Harris, who thinks her part in all this is the work of God, may look a little ridiculous, and there is a sense that the Republicans here stooped to dirty tricks (like organizing violent mobs of demonstrators) more so than the Democrats, even though their dialog refers to episodes in history when the Democratic Party got away with "stealing" elections.


Mainly the names of major news channels and media agencies.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking and smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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