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Karl Rove, I Love You

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It's Election Year during the Bush Administration. Dan Butler (Bulldog from TV's Frasier) is co-starring on Broadway with Alec Baldwin in Twentieth Century. Butler reluctantly agrees to participate in a documentary on the unknown supporting actor when he becomes smitten with the role of a lifetime: Karl Rove (Bush's notorious advisor). Butler plans a stage show that will expose Rove as the architect behind a campaign of fear and divisiveness, a show that will appall the electorate and ensure a victory for John Kerry! Unfortunately, an actor can't judge the character he's playing. No one sees themselves as a villain. So Butler sets out to discover the Karl Rove inside us all. But the more he sees the world through Rove's eyes, the more Butler's friends and associates find themselves worried about his well-being. And when Butler finds himself falling in love with Rove, truly scary events begin to occur...

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  • Actors: Dan Butler, Phil Leirness, Julia Miranda, John Hoffman, Kira Tirimacco
  • Directors: Dan Butler, Phil Leirness
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AT4LRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Karl Rove, I Love You" on IMDb

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In the last few years I have been lucky enough to attend a number of film festivals across the world. This has given me an opportunity to see "Indie Films" that aren't always accessible in your local movie theatre. "Karl Rove, I Love You" is an example of one such film.

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.

And thanks so places like Amazon, everyone will have an opportunity to see this wonderful film. Check it out!
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It would be easy to take this film at its premise and enjoy it solely for its unique hook: actor Dan Butler ("Bulldog" from TV's Frasier), upon discovering his physical resemblance to Republican political bulldog Karl Rove, embarks on a journey to mount a one-man show starring himself as Rove. Along the way, this openly gay actor discovers Rove the man, who ostensibly stands against everything Butler and his circle of biased Hollywood cronies believe in, is someone entirely different than he originally set out to skewer. To view the film this way is to have an enjoyable evening rental at home, but you would be missing so much more that is going on in this unique and subtle satire.

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.
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I had the opportunity to see this film at a screening and must say it was quite fun, entertaining and dark all at the same time. Shot as a mockumentary much like Tanner '88 and Tanner on Tanner, the film mixes politics with the acting world.
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.
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