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Movies on HBO : IRRESISTIBLE

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Movies_IrresistibleIRRESISTIBLE is a 2020 American political comedy film written and directed by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show fame. It stars Steve Carell, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis, Topher Grace, Natasha Lyonne and Rose Byrne. The film follows a Democratic strategist who tries to help a local candidate win an election in a small right-wing town. Initially set for a theatrical release in May 2020, the film was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and then released on Premium VOD and selected theaters on June 26, 2020, by Focus Features.

It seems a small-town mayoral race in Wisconsin blows up nationally when a Democratic strategist gets involved. Steve Carell stars as the political guru who leads a retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) into the race against a Republican-backed opponent. Thus, we get a little dabble into politics because, well, Stewart likes to talk about politics and all its idiosyncrasies.

It seems a small-town mayoral race in Wisconsin blows up nationally when a Democratic strategist gets involved. Steve Carell stars as the political guru who leads a retired Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) into the race against a Republican-backed opponent. Thus, we get a little dabble into politics because, well, Stewart likes to talk about politics and all its idiosyncrasies. The best plot details actually come from Wikipedia – plunged into despair by the results of the 2016 presidential election, veteran Democratic Party campaign consultant Gary Zimmer (Carell) is shown a viral video of retired Marine Col. Jack Hastings (Cooper) giving a speech standing up for the undocumented immigrant population of his hometown of Deerlaken, Wisconsin. Calculating that getting Hastings elected as a Democrat in Deerlaken’s upcoming mayoral election will help him convince the American people in the heartland to vote Democrat in the next presidential election, Zimmer travels to Wisconsin to persuade Hastings to run.

Davis plays Diana, Hasting’s daughter and Byrne plays the strategist for Zimmer’s opposition. The question is does this little ensemble make for a fun little movie? We leave that up to you to decide when it premieres SATURDAY, February 06 at 8:00pm and plays on the streaming sites. But here is whatnthe aggregator Rotten Tomatoes says:

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Ruth February 21, 2021 - 3:27 pm

What movie played this afternoon, ending at about 5.30pm?

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Jef Dinsmore February 21, 2021 - 3:46 pm

On HBO East Coast it was indeed IRRESISTIBLE with Steve Carell from 4:15pm to 6:00pm ET. If it was HBO West Coast it was the war movie DUNKIRK.

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