Bulworth Review
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It’s amazing what sleep deprivation can do to your head…

California Senator Jay Billington Bulworth (Warren Beatty) finds out the hard way. He hasn’t slept or eaten for days, thanks to his grueling re-election campaign schedule and the pressure that his constituents are placing on him. Convinced that the most recent political disaster—just days before the primaries—means the end of his career, he gets himself a $10 million life insurance policy and hires some unknown hit man to kill him.

Bulworth’s exhaustion makes him let loose and start doing things that are very un-political—like being dangerously honest. And as the C-SPAN cameras follow close behind, he tells a church full of poor inner-city dwellers that their needs don’t really matter because they don’t contribute to his campaign fund. He tells Hollywood execs that they make horrible movies. And he runs off to spend the night chasing a beautiful young woman (Halle Berry) at an all-black after-hours club. That’s when he changes his mind about dying—and he decides that he’s got to try to call off the killing before it’s too late.

With its unexpected storyline and a twist or two to keep you on your toes, this movie will make you laugh until you cry—right up to its frustratingly ambiguous ending, which was the only part of this movie that I didn’t like. Warren Beatty is wonderful—and Halle Berry shows why the Academy Award she won in 2002 was no fluke. If you’re as cynical about politicians as I am (and really, who isn’t?), you’ll enjoy this one.

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