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Karl Rove, I Love You
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Funny, sad, biting and original are just some of the words used to describe one man's journey into the heart of Karl Rove. Dan Butler, best known for his sports fanatic persona on Frasier, is a spectacular actor who is given an opportunity to not only shine but glow in this film.
Shot in the form of a documentary, the line between reality and fiction are continually blurred. Rather than playing for cheap laughs, the film always takes the road less traveled and allows the audience to take the journey with Dan. Is Karl Rove a misunderstood man with a huge heart or is he the icy devil pulling the strings of the Bush Administration? When Dan sets out to expose Rove for the evil spirit that he is (by doing a one-man show about it) his mission changes and things get...well, complicated and weird. (In a delightful way.)
Films like this are made outside of the "studio circle" for a reason. They take chances and give us an opportunity to see something other than a cookie cutter project with the same four familiar faces. While the goal of "Hollywood Blockbusters" is to make as much money as possible, in order to recoup their budgets. Films like this one are often labors of love that are created because someone wants to share a story with the audience. The biting satire, "Karl Rove, I Love You" is incredibly entertaining but it is also so much more.
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From the opening moments when mostly unseen documentarian Phil Leirness professes his fanaticism for onscreen actor Butler's work, we are in a world of hyper realistic commentary on the culture of celebrity intimacy as the de rigueur in today's society. At a time when we all feel we were close and knew Michael Jackson when he passed without ever having spent one second of time with him in reality, so too does this film magnify the absurdity of human connection with public figures known only to us by the media. Yet it seems so natural, which is why the film works - it seems perfectly normal for Butler to proclaim is love for a man who may actually be, in reality, someone who just might be out to kill him.
The celebrity of politics, the politics of filmmaking, the paranoia of an America where the government may be just as bad as the "bad guys" all are fair play for satire in this pic that can be paired with the best of the Christopher Guest mockumentaries, and what makes it so astonishing is just how believable this completely fictional tale is. Set aside the rental and purchase this film.Read more ›
Beginning in the months before the 2004 Presidential election, actor Dan Butler (FRAISER) is approached by filmmaker Phil Leirness (PARTY CRASHERS) to make a film on supporting actors, the unsung heroes of Hollywood. Using this pretense, the viewer is given a first person point of view to Butler's life and is present when Butler decides to put together a one man about Karl Rove, the Republican strategist responsible for the campaign of George W. Bush and later dubbed by Bush himself as "The Architect." Starting off with the goal of exposing all the Machiavellian plans and schemes of a man seen as a conservative hero and the liberals' devil, the more Butler gets into the role, the more Butler starts to change, much to the alarm of his family and friends and leading to the question, " Who is playing whom?"
The acting by Butler is top notch as a Captain Ahab after his elusive whale and is supported in the effort by his own family and friends playing themselves, giving the film a feel of realism and vitality. The first person camera work adds another character by breaking through the fourth wall and allowing the viewer to be an active participant. In addition the subject matter is presented in such a way that it will appeal to all viewers, regardless of political slant. Liberals will see it as a horror story while conservatives will see it is a comedy. Overall, a good showing of Butler's skills and talent and definitely a fun film to watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OMG, I knew this film existed but was not expecting it to be as "biting" and as clever as it is! Read morePublished 4 months ago by JohnNDFW
This is your goofy cousin taking a camera to writers meetings and turning it on and then calling it a movie. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Quark Kid
I started to watch this but it was so boring I watched,instead, my cousin change the oil in his car. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by jmcookie
The description misleads and represents this "film" as a documentary. it's not. at BEST it's a mockumentary...and a BORING one, at that. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by reviewsRme
You can barley describe this film without a spoiler alert every other sentence. Great story telling that just doesn't go where you expect to or where YOU personally might want it... Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by J. Lyle Skosey
this is a smart, funny film that will keep you entertained and laughing. I think it is the best indie/festival film I have seen with good acting, great dialog (one line zingers... Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by Film Fan Scot
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