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Rob Lowe plays the power broker at the heart of the movie. A savvy political strategist, Lowe is the point person for several notable campaigns including a scandalized California senator (a solid David Harbour) and a philandering Kentucky governor (Erik McCormack). With the help of his faithful staff (including newbie Jamie Chung), they are doctors of spin turning negatives into positives whenever possible. And if not possible, just make the other guy look even worse! At its best, "Knife Fight" does showcase some amusing campaign ads. They are, to me, the most effective aspect of the film's screenplay.Read more ›
Rob Lowe takes on a big role, Paul Taylor, and he carries if off both with weight and levity. Paul Taylor is a ruthless master media strategist and fix-it guy for hire. He is the Democrats' version of Roger Ailes before Ailes owned Fox News. Paul's character could have been played down to a silly stick figure. Instead, Lowe performs here at his very best in my opinion, his most complicated and believable, and most fun to watch.
Paul's sidekick, Kerstin Rhee, played by rising star Jamie Chung, is a junior associate who pulses with newfound talent, an inquiring mind, and a zest for following Paul where the action is. She has an idealistic streak too. Her ethical sonar reads trouble at times.
Paul also calls in a master on reserve, played by Richard Schiff, making for a nice West Wing moment. Thankfully, Lowe's and Schiff's characters are just different enough from West Wing, and the two actors are strong enough, that the West Wing allusion does not distract, but rather, adds a bonus.
Paul feels a pinch of conscience that leads him to fire off in another direction -- another complicated direction, that is. The ethics on display include lots of bad stuff, but not all black and white.Read more ›
Knife Fight stars former West Wing actor Rob Lowe as he returns to the semi-fictitious political scene. Paul Turner (Lowe) is a successful campaign strategist running three campaigns at once and with the help of his assistant Kerstin (Jamie Chung), Turner must navigate a Kentucky governor, a California senator, and a doctor turned candidate through the nastiness that accompanies political campaigns. Spinning news cycles to his will, Turner uses his connections and political savvy to walk the fine line of fighting dirty to keep his candidates clean - or as he puts it: "bring a gun to a knife fight.Read more ›
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"Knife Fight" is a brilliant film from 2012. And it is currently available on NetFlix Instant Download Streaming. The Director is Bill Guttentag. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dale B. Haufrect
I usually hate conspiracy theories, but as I was watching this slog through the campaign movie cliches, I began to think that Aaron Sorkin had secretly funded it after reading the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tim Lieder
Interesting story of a political strategist, who when running the campaigns of a Kentucky Governor and a California Senator find them both in compromising situations has to resort... Read morePublished 15 months ago by dhart
Great actors and actresses. This is another must see.
I think the only thing more fun then watching it was making it.
I haven't seen the movie yet , But I did enjoy being in the movie and working with the stars.Published on October 8, 2013 by linda olmos
I thought it was a nice clean movie which showed (on a high level) life inside the political campaigning world. Liked the way it ended. Made you feel good.Published on August 14, 2013 by K Jackson
looks like it ought to be better than it is. didactic, disjointed, can't decide on a story line, no sympathetic characters. problem is in writing and editing. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by william d simpson
I think that it is a good view of political life; Very good interpretation by Rob Lowe, julie bowen and othersPublished on July 19, 2013 by Mr. Daval Rene
This was a nice movie to watch, relaxing and pleasant. This is a moive that I would expect on Prime, not for rental. I would wait until it is on Prime before watching.Published on February 18, 2013 by Adam Macaulay