Last Party 2000

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Released 2003

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Last Party 2000

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Director:
Donovan Leitch , Rebecca Chaiklin
Released:
2003
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Filmed over the last six months of the 2000 Presidential election, Phillip Seymour Hoffman starts documenting the campaign at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, but spends more time outside, in the street protests and police actions than in the orchestrated conventions. Hoffman shows an obvious distaste for money politics and the conservative right. He looks seedier and more disillusioned the campaign progresses. Eventually Hoffman seems most energized by the Ralph Nader campaign as an alternative to the nearly indistinguishable major parties. The high point of the film are the comments by Barney Frank who says that marches and demonstrations are largely a waste of time, and that the really effective political players such as the NRA and the AARP never bother with walk ins, sit-ins, shoot-ins or shuffles. In the interview with Jesse Jackson, Hoffman is too flustered to ask all of his questions.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Highly entertaining and thought-provoking, but also frustrating -- which, ultimately, might be the point.

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Insufficiently focused but undeniably intriguing.

  • 30

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Starts to seem less like a political documentary than a one-sided "Battle of the Network Stars," with the younger generation clearly winning the charisma challenge.

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