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Worth A Look: 35.21%
Average: 2.82%
Pretty Bad: 14.08%
Total Crap: 5.63%

6 reviews, 35 user ratings

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by PyThomas

"Best Picture 1998, dammit. Anything else that wins is a fake."
5 stars

Just hearing Warren Beatty saying "nappy dugout" made Bulworth worth watching. But there's much more going for this ambitious political farce.

Beatty wrote, directed and starred in this film. He's Jay Bullington Bulworth, an L.A. "New Democrat" filled with empty promises and bland rhetoric. And he knows it. Looping through his own campaign ads, Bulworth loses sleep and then his mind, ultimately setting into motion a plan for his own suicide. He enlists a local Mob boss to take care of a "research project" - his own assassination.

In his terminal state, he becomes fearless and raucous in his campaign speech, telling an African-American gathering to "put down your malt liquor and chicken wings and get behind someone other than a running back who stabs his wife". This enrages the majority but actually wins him some admirers, especially a mysterious lady named Nina (Halle Berry). Nina and her pals take Bulworth and his entourage to a local rap club, where Bulworth finds new life in the rap vibe. Suddenly he's rapping his campaign speeches and enjoying it. His assistant (Oliver Platt) is all too frustrated and annoyed by Bulworth's sudden strategy about-faces, but publicly takes credit for the senator's new ways in a manner slicker than ol' Willie himself.

Bulworth's on top of the world now, and no longer wants the "research project" to go on. Unfortunately, his only connection to the project has gone comatose, and now he has to dodge the assassins while at the same time put in all the needed appearances to the media.

This film, for all its low blows to the corporate-controlled media and politics-as-usual, would probably never be made if it weren't for Warren Beatty's contract stipulation giving him a project with complete creative control. As a result, 20th Century Fox isn't too thrilled, as a President would be if his Vice-President vomited on the Pope. However, Fox has nothing to be ashamed about. Bulworth is funny, nasty, bold, ruthless, and all-out wacky at some points (like the aforementioned "nappy dugout" quote).

It's all that and a bowl of grits. Word to the mutha.

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originally posted: 08/17/98 09:24:28
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User Comments

12/29/17 morris campbell truthful but boring 2 stars
8/17/14 Jeff WIlder Satirically hits its targets well. 4 stars
4/20/09 Phineas Take your self-loathing,White Guilt and shove it up your RICH Marxist ass,WARREN 1 stars
2/17/09 Angelique Its hilarious you gotta love it! 5 stars
6/24/07 fools♫gold The "Network" of the ninety's; one of the greatest soundtracks for THE greatest movie. 5 stars
5/16/06 Josh Standlee What does this film teach us? Hip-hop is for criminals. Fuck rap!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/12/05 Total Crap Miss? Be honest and don't spare my feelings, have any more of those crispy crabcakes? 5 stars
6/10/05 Indrid Cold Hilarious and heart-wrenching, while a little heavy on the PCness. 5 stars
6/06/05 John Aster Habig Warren Beatty played up to my expectations but the script tho funny is uneven 4 stars
11/09/04 Stephanie AWESOME 5 stars
11/29/03 john wonderful 5 stars
10/09/02 Kitfo quirky, funny, and politically in-your-face. most underrated hollywood comedy ever? 5 stars
1/11/02 Andrew Carden Interesting Movie, but Very Bland and Unlikeable. 3 stars
11/16/01 John Best film of 98 5 stars
8/09/01 Mr. Hat The is a great movie. It's funny in every way possible. 5 stars
5/28/01 cinkcool Obviously too deep for alot of people. Very good movie, good message. 5 stars
6/27/00 David Duke Warren Beatty rapping made me want to pull out my eyes with a fork. 1 stars
6/06/00 Bender Uneven, but enjoyable 4 stars
5/18/00 Elvisfan God I hate the people that post at this site...this movie was great 5 stars
10/15/99 Pam Matthews Damn good! This is a wake up call for AMERICA!! Warren you're great! 5 stars
9/04/99 godsdog Maybe ONE funny moment in the entire film. How did this SUCK? Let me count the ways... 1 stars
8/04/99 Dave There is something wrong if you didn't like this movie. Part comedy, part thought provoking 5 stars
5/13/99 ridiculous, and racist, too! 2 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson Blah, blah, shhtank! 2 stars
4/05/99 Cool Thing Mega respect to old man Beatty. He done good. 5 stars
3/09/99 Bruce Hedge Great film --uncanny parallels with Australian politics-very funny in parts 5 stars
2/18/99 Piz wow, what a lame, boring, farce of a movie. Zzzzz! 2 stars
10/10/98 Bluntman Badboy Beatty bustin' about THE MAN. DAAAAAAAAAMN! 4 stars
9/27/98 katherine it was pretty funny, ad i luv the soundtrack. 4 stars
9/14/98 Smalltown Possibly the best film of the summer. Kill the white man. 5 stars
9/09/98 f*r*o*s*t*y It was worth the cash to see Beatty "throw up the dub." 5 stars
9/01/98 pooky the bald can't dig the white old rap thing. not funny 3 stars
8/17/98 Johny Old white guy raps, do you need more reason to watch!? :-) 4 stars
8/17/98 Hank this movie is a big fuck you to our whole political system and media. GO SEE IT!!!! 5 stars
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  15-May-1998 (R)
  DVD: 01-Feb-2005


  25-Feb-1999 (M)

Directed by
  Warren Beatty

Written by
  Warren Beatty
  Jeremy Pikser

  Warren Beatty
  Halle Berry
  Don Cheadle
  Paul Sorvino
  Jack Warden

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