Miss Sloane (2016)
October 28, 2017 8:29 AM - Subscribe

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.
posted by ellieBOA (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
As a political junkie (whose best friend is a ginger lobbyist named Elizabeth, oddly enough)... I really wanted this movie to be better than it was.

The writing was both trying too hard to be complex and weirdly too slow (aspiring to be a more cynical West Wing), while explaining too much outside the realm of believability (there were a lot of "let me ask a question so you can explain to the audience this principle/mechanism that would seem to be a major part of the job that I've been at for a while" moments).

I'd love to see this if Mamet or Sorkin got a hand at the script. The cast was great and did their best with some rough material.
posted by Seeba at 12:02 PM on October 28, 2017

I love that this was written by a British guy who wrote it while teaching English in Korea.

I enjoyed it and was genuinely surprised to see it had been written by a man. It is so rare to see a political movie with a woman in the title role and in important supporting roles (Jane and Esme). It handily passed the Bechdel Test and, while I thought Chastain chewed a little scenery at the beginning, she toned it down fairly quickly. There was some clunky dialogue, but overall I thought it was fine. Allison Pill was her usual likeable self, and the actor who played Esme was great--I've never seen her in anything before, but I really liked her.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:09 AM on July 21, 2018

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