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Running Time:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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.

Additional Info:
Added DVD Features: Commentary with George Clooney and Grant Heslov; Believe: George Clooney; On The Campgaign: The Cast of The Ides of March.

CAST:
Ryan Gosling ... Stephen Myers
George Clooney ... Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Paul Zara
Paul Giamatti ... Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood ... Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei ... Ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright ... Sen. Thompson
Max Minghella ... Ben Harpen
Jennifer Ehle ... Cindy Morris



The Ides of March
 The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling: DVD Cover  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 not yet.

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.

                                                      






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