We booked this after the November calendar went to print. David Denby of The New Yorker: “Fair Game” is an intelligent political melodrama directed by Doug Liman which focuses on the story of Joe Wilson, a retired diplomat, and Valerie Plame, a covert CIA operative. Wilson and Plame (Sean Penn and Naomi Watts) are husband and wife who fall victim to an irrational and dishonest White House. In January of 2003, George Bush establishes the causes for the American invasion of Iraq in his State of the Union address, saying that Saddam Hussein had recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. In early July of 2003, Wilson writes an Op-Ed in the Times suggesting that the Bush Administration manipulated intelligence to mislead the public, and threatening phone calls begin for Plame and Wilson. This is a movie about a political retaliation that nearly destroys a family. Some might dismiss the film as too obvious a clash of good and evil, were it not for the quality of the actors playing the Wilsons. The comparison between Wilson and the Bush Administration makes him seem, for all his faults, a modern American moral hero."
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