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Swing State (2008)

Barack Obama , Bill Clinton , Jason Zone Fisher , John Intrater  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, John Kerry
  • Directors: Jason Zone Fisher, John Intrater, H. Spencer Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Morningstar Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G9GXXM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The road to the White House in 2008 runs directly through the Ohio Statehouse in 2006. An intimate look at the personal impacts of the political life, "Swing State" follows a family s journey through one the most important races in the history of American politics: the 2006 Ohio Governor s race. Seen through the eyes of a candidate s son, "Swing State" shines a light on a world that is oftentimes as brutal as it is rewarding.

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3.0 out of 5 stars This does too have merit! September 1, 2009
That other review says this documentary was amateurish, self-indulgent, and it's implied that it's pass'e. I disagree. This is a decent work for the right audience. If you are a poli.sci.-aholic or a campaign-aholic, then you will enjoy this.
This work is done by the son of Fisher who was running for the No. 2 job in Ohio in 2006. As a son of the candidate, he has access to his father and other Democratic leaders in a way that the normal press does not. If Chelsea Clinton had made a documentary about her mother's run for senate in 2000, that would have been interesting too.
Sometimes, film is wasted on interviewees taking off microphones, etc. Still, this was impressive for a first-time effort. Clive Barker is lauded now, but his student work lacked half the quality that this documentary did. I imagine that Fisher the Son could have a strong career in the news media.
Most men don't like to admit to crying, but Fisher the Son admits that was his reaction when his father lost a previous campaign. Fisher's daughter says to her father, "If you get filmed with a gun to impress the NRA crowd, then I'm not voting in this election!" That takes strong political conviction to oppose one's father so openly. The work has moments of magic like that in it.
The director shoots himself and his father shirtless often. Really, I wonder if both are proud of their burly, hairy chests (and they should be!). However, I wonder if shirtlessness was the signifier of how the director has access that other media does not.
This work was no worse than "Politics Texas Style" or "Taking on the Kennedys." It's a poli. sci. tool and not for the NASCAR or "Jerry Springer Show" crowd, though Springer is seen here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like it, you'll like it December 20, 2010
A lot has been said in the other reviews, but I'll speak to what I thought the great strength of the film was. This film shows both a more realistic view of campaigning then you are likely to get anywhere else (it is brutal) and it also shows that politicians are human. I saw the film and have recommended it to others, but if you have no interest in politics, I'm not sure what you'll get out of it. I really just enjoyed the political humanism.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Among the worst movies I have ever seen June 14, 2009
This is a painful self-indulgent "documentary" (term used loosely) by Lee Fisher's son Jason Zone Fisher. The movie is more self-serving to a young wanna-be film-maker who uses this movie to promote himself, try his hand at comedy, and abuse his family access.

I would write more, but wasted 2 hours of my life on this horrible horrible film...and this short time is only invested so you don't make a similar mistake.

This film his little to nothing to do with Ohio, it's all about a young film-maker who appears in the movie more than his father. And it's not worth more time than it took to read this review.
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