Review: ‘Irresistible’


4142_D019_00165_R Steve Carell stars as Gary Zimmer and Rose Byrne as Faith Brewster in IRRESISTIBLE, a Focus Features release. Credit: Daniel McFadden / Focus Features

Irresistible is a hilarious cutting commentary on the political system. While writer/director Jon Stewart has made a career out of lampooning conservatives, his latest feature film highlights the absurdity of our political process. No one is spared. Stewart isn’t seeking to make any statements or present any solutions about our current political plight. If the tone of this film is any indication, it seems he would place the blame equally on either side. Steve Carell and Rose Byrne play political strategists from opposite sides of the aisle. Byrne is witty and has Carell’s character is a vice grip for most of the film. Irresistible is certainly written to play to Steve Carell’s strengths leading to beautiful results. This is Carell at his best.

Steve Carell stars as Gary Zimmer in IRRESISTIBLE, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Daniel McFadden / Focus Features

The film centers around DNC’s top strategist Gary Zimmer (Carell), who, in his search for the next big thing in politics, stumbles upon a video of Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his hometown’s undocumented workers. Watching this convinces him that he’s the key to taking back the heartland. However, the RNC gets wind of this and sends in Zimmer’s foe, Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), to ruin this coming out part. As these two begin to square off and play petty politics, the bright light of the national stage begins to shine on Hasting’s and his hometown.

The pacing of the film is fine. These types of releases tend to run long, but this one escapes that. Irresistible conclusively shows how gross the media has become during election years and just how influential they end up being. This narrative doesn’t take a predictable path and certainly makes a case for decency. Decency … those were the days.



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