Fair Game,

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him be­hind to care for their two kids. Then it be­comes the story of the White House’s ef­forts to present Iraq as a vi­able threat. Then the story segues into how news­pa­per colum­nist Robert No­vak blew Plame Wil­son’s cover. (No­vak got the scoop from some­one in Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney’s of­fice. Much of the film’s story sug­gests the source was I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to the vice pres­i­dent, though a clos­ing ti­tle card re­minds us that for­mer deputy sec­re­tary of state Richard Ar­mitage has been re­vealed as the ac­tual cul­prit.) Then the film goes back into the mar­i­tal ten­sion caused by the en­su­ing pub­lic­ity and scan­dal be­fore it set­tles on the Wil­sons’ bat­tle to main­tain their mar­riage and re­veal the truth. That’s a lot of ter­ri­tory for any screen­writer or di­rec­tor to cover.

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