Choose Connor 2008 NR

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A teen's opportunity to learn about politics first-hand turns into nightmare as he uncovers a dark secret about his mentor and his colleagues.

Starring:
Darin Cooper, Chris Marquette
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

Choose Connor

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Genres Drama
Director Lucas Elliot Eberl
Starring Darin Cooper, Chris Marquette
Supporting actors Alex D. Linz, James Runcorn, Steven Weber, Don McManus, Rosalee Mayeux, Escher Holloway, John Rubinstein, Senta Moses, Jeremy Palmer, Karen Constantine, Diane Delano, Jeffrey Reeves, Charles Hoyes, Erick Avari, Richard Riehle, Peter Fox, James Horan, Michael Welch
Studio Strand Releasing
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pope Skippy XVI on March 14, 2012
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Alright: I am a huge fan of Luke Eberl. Even in movies that just really aren't that good. I am now every more a fan because this guy who looks like he doesn't have his driver's license yet wrote and directed this video.
The subject matter is handled cautiously instead of smacking you in the face with it right away. I also have become a big fan of Stephan Weber, because he is usually so likeable (in a Tom Hanks sort of way)but he can play the most skin-crawlingly evil roles just as well. I have no complaints with any parts of the production.
If Mysterious Skin creeped you out, then Choose Connor covers some of the same territory without Araki's in-your-face attitude.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elliot on March 3, 2009
Format: DVD
15-year-old Owen, an academic, friendless (yet oddly-confident) young male, is excited to meet Congressman Lawrence Connor at the former's middle-school graduation. Owen grabs the Congressman's attention with his grasp of current affairs, and is asked to become the 'youth spokesman' for the Congressman's campaign for Senator. This is a dream-come-true for Owen, since he has imagined a political future for himself. He quickly becomes immersed into the spectacle of sound-bites and empty imagery, but is seduced by the attention, media appearances and high-flying parties with politicians.

Meanwhile, Owen is developing a close friendship with the Congressman's attractive, privileged nephew, Caleb - who, two years older than Owen, is sensual and worldly-wise in a way that Owen has never been. Despite Caleb's hints that Owen's new world is nothing like it seems, Owen is blinded by the sparkle of institutional power - and is headed for an abrupt fall.

'Choose Connor' is concerned with illuminating the self-serving malevolence of politicians, through the eyes of a naÔve young male. Writer/Director Luke Eberle does an accomplished and professional job with this age-old theme, and in the process flirts with some important messages (the system will always protect itself; the need to make symbolic sacrifices) that always deserve an airing. The problem is that the efficacy is wholly undermined by the *vehicle* which he deploys to illustrate Owen's 'awakening': sex, a tired cliché, which is more a sop to popular cultural delectation than anything authentic or subversive. The story of the "Emperor's New Clothes" is a timeless theme; sex as a negative force existing outside of politics itself is a empty one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on August 23, 2013
Format: DVD
Choose Connor is a fairly well-written and -directed and very well-acted movie about an extraordinarily idealistic, isolated and naive 15-year-old boy, whose whole life has been spent studying alone, and who after graduation from middle school almost magically becomes intimately involved in the final month of a high-stakes (for US Senator) political campaign. When he discovers that politics is hypocritical, he becomes huffy and self-righteous and withdraws back into his familiar and idealistic bookish isolation.

That core story is very well done, but many details in the movie are so preposterous that they undermine its overall effectiveness. The totally implausible way he goes overnight from book-bound, middle-school nerd to political operative is absurd, but it's not too hard to accept because what follows is interesting. But when a major subplot of sexual predation rears its horror-movie, cartoonishly demonic and COMPLETELY unbelievable head, the interesting story becomes too ridiculous to accept.

That's too bad. There's enough good in this movie to watch it anyway, as long as you can overlook the preposterous parts.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on December 31, 2012
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Great movie. Really makes you think what goes on behind closed doors. Good ending and the director makes a great point to end it like that.
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