Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for pervasive language.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: A well-acted, pulse-racing political thriller, with exceptional performances by Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.
Added DVD Features: Commentary with George Clooney and Grant Heslov; Believe: George Clooney; On The Campgaign: The Cast of The Ides of March.
Ryan Gosling ...
George Clooney ...
Philip Seymour Hoffman ...
Paul Giamatti ...
Evan Rachel Wood ...
Marisa Tomei ...
Jeffrey Wright ...
Max Minghella ...
Jennifer Ehle ...
The Ides of March
Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) is second in command in the campaign staff of
presidential candidate Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney). Stephen is only 30-years-old but he's good, and as he puts it
“he's already seen more of the campaign trail then most men twice his
age.” He thinks that makes him just like all the other older,
hard-bitten cynics playing the political game, but he isn't. At least
A win would all but ensure Morris' Presidential candidacy, while a loss
would be a huge blow he may not recover from. When Stephen is approached
by Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti), campaign manager for opponent Senator
Pullman (Michael Mantell), and offered a job to work for him, he is
secretly flattered but he's not about to alter his allegiances to Morris and his campaign manager Paul Zara (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). He may
eventually wish he had reconsidered once Times journalist Ida
Horowicz (Marisa Tomei) comes calling, threatening to run with a scandalous story about the candidate if he doesn't talk to her. The situation gets stickier
from there. Stephen's new romance with 20-year-old intern Molly Stearns
(Evan Rachel Wood) takes a whiplash-inducing turn when it is discovered
her ties to Morris runs considerably deeper than that of any other lowly apprentice. Ides of March
is based on the play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon. It is a story told within the world of politics, but it's not really political at all. It's about something bigger and more
deeply cynical. It's about the kind of damage that growing up can do to
the human soul. To get there writer/director George Clooney has crafted a
movie that's talky and intense, built on the bedrock of brilliant
ensemble performances from his cast. There may be better movies
released this year, but maybe none more sophisticated and smart.