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Released 2008

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Director:
Oliver Stone
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

W. is a 2008 biographical drama starring Josh Brolin as George W. Bush as he transforms from Ivy League frat boy to the President of the United States. George W. (Josh Brolin) lacks all the drive and ambition of his powerful father, George H.W. Bush (James Cromwell). After barely graduating Yale, he ambles through a series of career failures in the oil industry and Major League baseball. Strategist Karl Rove (Toby Jones) sees his political potential, but George doesn't follow in his father's footsteps until he meets his future wife, Laura (Elizabeth Banks), and chooses God over alcohol. After successfully winning the Texas Governor's office and the 43rd Presidency, the film reveals the debates and decision-making behind the Iraq War with the White House staff: Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright), Condoleezza Rice (Thandie Newton), Donald Rumsfeld (Scott Glenn) and Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss). Oscar winner Oliver Stone ("Born on the Fourth of July") directs this insightful view of the controversial president.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The pleasure of Mr. Stone's work has never been located in restraint but in excess, a commitment to extremes that can drown out the world or, as in this film, give it newly vivid, ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    W. is not a dispassionate biography; it is an interpretation of personality intersecting with history, and as a piece of drama it is persuasive and perfectly creditable.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    For a film that could have been either a scorching satire or an outright tragedy, W. is, if anything, overly conventional, especially stylistically.

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    Drama

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    Biography, Historical, Politics