Local politician is put up to run for president. He decides to be himself, rather than parrot the lines his handlers want. Much hilarity ensues.
This is quite a watchable movie (+1). There are no obvious technical or continuity gaffes. (+1) The humor and injokes are plentiful (+1), and it is a pleasant movie to watch over and over (+1)
Once the premise of the movie is accepted, much of what follows makes sense in a zany kind of way. (+1) Each character is drawn with a broad brush, and we don’t really get to care about most of them. But, you cannot expect more in a comedy.
There is not much new here that hasn’t already been done in a comedy. The only major difference is that the Alderman-turned-Presidential-candidate is black. This allows Chris Rock to do some of his comedy riffs about growing up in a poor neighborhood. (+1/2)
The acting in this is average. The characterizations are played broadly, since that is most effective in a comedy. (+1/2)
There were no obvious technical issues with the film.
There is no violence (except when the brothers punch each other) and no sex. There is a hint of sexuality, but the protagonist denies his urges.
+6: Time well spent