‘Game Change’ trailer: Julianne Moore mavericks it up as Sarah Palin?

Here is the teaser trailer for Game Change, the HBO film about the 2008 presidential campaign… only the film’s plot is just about the build-up of bringing Sarah Palin in as the VP candidate, and then the final months of the campaign? I think so. Ed Harris stars as John McCain which… is actually better than it sounds. My first reactions was, “John McCain WISHES.” But Ed Harris is actually doing a lot of McCain’s mannerisms and expressions, and the little John McCain-wiglet kind of works on Harris. You can also see Woody Harrelson as McCain’s advisor (and head of day-to-day operations) Steve Schmidt. Other actors in the film: Ron Livingston, Jamey Sheridan (fresh from Homeland!), and Sarah Paulson.

And of course, Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin. Now… I like Julianne a great deal. I think she’s a very talented lady, but I don’t understand why Julianne keeps getting handed all of these parts that demand heavy accent work. Julianne’s Boston accent on 30 Rock was grating, and now she’s doing Palin’s weird Minnesotan/Alaskan accent, and it just feels… weird. It’s off somehow. Julianne’s weakness as an actress = regional accents. Now we know.

Also… I get that this film is based on the “definitive” book about the 2008 election, Game Change (by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann), but I still have serious doubts as to the “official record” of how Palin was selected as McCain’s running mate. I really don’t think it was Schmidt as some kind of political Svengali, yammering on about “change” and he and McCain deciding to pick any woman. There’s enough evidence to suggest that McCain was listening to people outside of his campaign, and that his advisors were actually really upset that McCain had chosen Palin with so little vetting or background.

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  1. Bite me says:

    I definitely will be watching this on HBO … Sister Sarah is my favorite comedienne

  2. Tory says:

    RE: the decision to choose SP. My husband’s best friend was a Republican operative who helped get GW elected. He has since been reformed, but we asked him about the Sarah Palin decision. Having worked in the GOP on a national level, he was quite familiar with Steve Schmidt and his MO and said that the move was “total Schmidt”. I haven’t read the book because I’ve heard varying reports of its reliability, but I trust my husband’s friend when he says that the decision was most likely driven by SS.

  3. Kate says:

    By far the most compelling part of Game Change was the democratic primary aspect and the Obama v. Clinton drama. The republican portion of the book didn’t feel as well developed, probably because it wasn’t as well sourced.

    Because I love “dramatized” history, I will watch Game Change, but I wish the focus was on the Obama v. Clinton battle. That was much more interesting/entertaining.

  4. erin says:

    ugh, why is this movie material?

  5. Annie says:

    I’m with Kate, the inside analysis of Obama vs Clinton’s campaign style, staff, temperament is facinatiing,
    After all the machinations on both sides its a true example of “country first” that Obama selected Clinton as Secretary of State…and that she accepted.
    I read the book in one sitting so I can’t wait!,

  6. Lisa says:

    “I really don’t think it was Schmidt as some kind of political Svengali, yammering on about “change” and he and McCain deciding to pick any woman.”

    I am a avid student of American politics…especially the last 50 years of it…if you know anything about the machinations of how things are done…you would TOTALLY believe that Schmidt was a Svengali…

  7. Seal Team 6 says:

    Tina Fey said she could never quite learn how to say “Todd” like Palin does, and I wonder if Moore learned how.

    Very funny chapter in Fey’s book “Bossypants” about her Sarah Palin impersonation, and meeting SP (Fey’s parents are GOPers, and were less than thrilled about her Palin bits).

  8. lucy2 says:

    I’ll probably watch it at some point.

  9. I Choose Me says:

    Sigh. Did they really need to make a movie about her? And I was so hoping she’d disappear into irrelevancy.

  10. ahoyhoy says:

    I’m so glad to see Woody getting a good role. He’s really an excellent actor.

    And how ever will Ed Harris quell the sexy enough to play McCain? It will be interesting to watch.

  11. Courtney says:

    I think Julianne nails Sarah Palin’s accent actually. Her pitch is a little different but the accent is pretty good.

  12. Darla says:

    why isn’t this teaser more light-humored? I mean…it was ridiculous, no? This happened, it’s fact, but it was a circus.

  13. Kim says:

    Havent we been there/done that with Sarah Palin? Kind of late in the game to make this movie/dont think it will do well.

  14. Kaye1 says:

    I have zero interest in this movie. I’m looking forward to the day when people say “Sarah who?”

  15. hatsumomo says:

    Am I really the only one who chuckled when it finally showed Julienne as Palin? Its sooooo funny! She had the accent down unless it was a really good dub! As much as I detested Palin for making women leaders look trivial, I may just tune in for this!

  16. gutfan says:

    I knew that was coming min76. Can’t handle an opposing viewpoint? The media has done everything it could to hurt that family, and just maybe if libs would stop fretting over her she would go away!

  17. StephanieMarie says:

    I think what’s “off” is how Julianne moves her mouth.
    She does this weird thing with her bottom lip where it wraps itself around her bottom row of teeth.
    Probably comes totally natural to HER but perhaps to play a woman with an accent (so the MOUTH becomes the most important part!) she should have worked on NOT moving her mouth like she normally does.

  18. Feebee says:

    I really like Moore but couldn’t they have offered Fey WHATEVER SHE WANTED to play the part? Some may have questioned a comedienne playing a dramatic role but really wouldn’t that be more than perfect considering Palin was a bit of a joke in a potentially very serious role.

  19. Rebane says:

    “Julianne’s Boston accent on 30 Rock was grating”

    It was SUPPOSED to be grating. They wanted her accent to be especially annoying because it highlights the fact that Jack intentionally got rid of his accent and also explains why he bothered to do so.

  20. kazoo says:

    The book was great, kinda gossipy without being too gossipy if you get what I mean.

    I’m a bit disappointed the film version is only focusing on the Palin/McCain parts. The Edwards, Clinton, and Obama parts were more interesting to me. Even the digs at Romney were great (maybe they kept those in the film since McCain and other GOP candidates were the ones making the comments).

  21. Meg says:

    kaiser you don’t know what you’re talking about. her accent on 30 rock and in this trailer is great.

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