IRRESISTIBLE – “Not likely to get many votes for Dramedy of the Year”

Steve Carell stars as Gary Zimmer and Rose Byrne as Faith Brewster in Jon Stewart’s IRRESISTIBLE, a Focus Features release.
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RATING

DIRECTOR

Jon Stewart (Directorial debut)

STARRING

  • Steve Carell as Gary Zimmer
  • Rose Byrne as Faith Brewster
  • Chris Cooper as Marine Colonel Jack Hastings
  • Mackenzie Davis as Diana Hastings
  • Topher Grace as Kurt Farlander
  • Natasha Lyonne as Janet De Tessant
  • Will Sasso as Nick Farlander
  • J. Wilson as Lowell
  • Brent Sexton as Mayor Braun
  • Alan Aisenberg as Evan
  • Debra Messing as Babs Garnett

SYNOPSIS

A Democratic political strategist works the campaign for a retired veteran's bid for mayor of a small right-wing Wisconsin town. After the Democratic National Committee's top strategist sees a video of a retired Marine colonel standing up for the rights of his town's undocumented workers, he believes he’s found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, the Republican National Committee counters him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Irresistible is sadly anything but! In fact, it’s downright disappointing. For years on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart gave us the most biting political commentary of the day. The writing was sharp, the messages clear, and the comedy funny as all hell. So, one would assume, with the great host/comedian having written and directed a political film, it would be just as cleverly irreverent. Well, not so much. And it’s not that the film is all bad (it’s really not, I swear), as there are amusing performances and some rather funny gags. The dialogue is also crisp and the production slick. But, it’s just too hollow at its core. It’s an obvious story with an obvious message. It’s too glossy to be anything overly special. And with that, Irresistible falls in the mediocre column, not likely to get many votes for Dramedy of the Year.

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