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Politics Of Love Review

September 2, 2011

by Aidy Poetry

Politics of Love is a romantic comedy, written by Gary Goldstein and directed by William Dear. The film stars Brian White (Brick, Stomp the Yard), Mallika Sherawart (The Myth, Murder), and Loretta Devine (The PJs TV Series, Waiting to Exhale), and is about two rival political campaign teams caught up in the whirlwind of euphoric romance.

“Politics make strange bedfellows” seem to be the aim of this political comedy that is based in the heated 2008 U.S. Presidential campaigns of Obama and McCain, with the two political headquarters within a stone’s reach of the other. Since political films are not my forte—I decided to take on the challenge of watching this film. How did I fair? Let’s just say it wasn’t at all what I expected—I expected the worse.

Aretha (Sherawat) has returned home after being laid off from her high-powered job in New York. Her brother Marvin (Anil Raman), who still works at his parents’ Indian restaurant in their hometown of Florida, and is a pot smoke—which is referenced too often in the film—meets her. Aretha, now unemployed, was encouraged by her father, Vijay, to take back her old job as cashier while she thinks of something else to do.

Meanwhile, a political simmer surrounds her neighborhood and her parents Shirlee (Devine) and Vijay (Gerry Bednob) are in an intense argument over their political stance; she is Pro Obama and a Democrat; and he is a Republican and is Pro McCain. This difference separates her parents—at least until the end of the election season. After meeting a friend at her parents restaurant, she becomes the Obama campaign’s coordinator, something that was not too different from the work she had done in New York, while all of the campaign fever surrounded her, there was something else that inspired by politics adds to the campaigning hysteria.

While out jogging, she meets Kyle (White) who just happens to be the campaign coordinator for the McCain headquarters, which is directly across the street from her Obama campaign headquarters. After a few dates, these two begin dating in secret—a secret that last just as long as anything in politics that isn’t made to be public, somehow, winds up being very public. What’s worse, a mysterious “sex tape” emerges, threatening to put a damper on the local Obama poll numbers. Dirty politics, nothing unusual here—could the power of love take on the political scandal beginning to shadow both campaigns?

Politics Of Love was shown in a few selected theaters before it was available On Demand from Code Black Entertainment. The story is the typical tale of how ‘opposites’ attract. White and Sherawat made for a convincing pair and their performances are commendable and their roles were supported by a strong cast of acting talents; Ruby Dee, Loretta Devine, and Gerry Bednob. The laughs however, were rare, should you be a fan of the political puns that are usually thrown about during campaign season, then you will not be disappointed. Politics Of Love wasn’t too memorable of a film, but most certainly one of those films that’s enjoyable to watch, featuring the most historic political campaign of our time.

Courtesy of themoviepool.com