(2016) (Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A wily and ultra-prepared lobbyist leaves her prestigious D.C. firm to join a smaller one that's hired her to get a law -- that would extend gun purchase waiting periods -- passed through Congress.
- Elizabeth Sloane (JESSICA CHASTAIN) is a strategic lobbyist working at a powerful D.C. lobbying firm run by George Dupont (SAM WATERSTON). She's known for her meticulous preparation and always having a trump card to best the same that any of her opponents has played against her. Accordingly, guns right advocate Bob Sanford (CHUCK SHAMATA) has hired Dupont's firm in hopes of fixing the public relations issue between women and guns, what with recent deaths of children from shootings straining that.
But Elizabeth has decided to join a smaller, boutique lobbying firm run by Rodolfo Schmidt (MARK STRONG) that's trying to get a bill through Congress to add greater waiting periods for gun purchases, something that's of direct importance with one of his staffers, Esme Manucharian (GUGU MBATHA-RAW), a survivor of a past mass shooting incident. Elizabeth brings along all of her immediate team except for her right-hand lieutenant, Jane Molloy (ALISON PILL), who's opted to stay with George's firm and work alongside Elizabeth's direct nemesis, Pat Connors (MICHAEL STUHLBARG), to defeat her.
Being the workaholic that she is, Elizabeth occasionally needs an outlet for release and she occasionally pays for male escorts to provide such a service, with the latest such man being Forde (JAKE LACY). He wants to get to know her better, but as in the rest of her life, she's strictly business-oriented and once their encounters are done, she no longer desires any interaction with him. All of which may or may not surface when George manages to pressure Senator Ron Sperling (JOHN LITHGOW) to conduct a Senate hearing on Elizabeth and her past actions. From that point on, Elizabeth works to stay one step ahead of everyone who's trying to defeat her.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some older teens might, especially if they're fans of Chastain or anyone else in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language and some sexuality.
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