The Front Run­ner

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Back in 1988, a U.S. sen­a­tor named Gary Hart had the youth­ful looks, charm and the po­lit­i­cal cred to go all the way to the White House. Then his promis­ing can­di­dacy fiz­zled out. Per­haps it’s only fit­ting that his movie fol­lows suit. Hugh Jack­man plays the mar­ried Demo­crat, who, dur­ing a solo trip to Mi­ami, min­gles on a yacht with a comely blonde named Donna Rice (Sara Pax­ton). They hit it off, and an af­fair is born. Af­ter the press is tipped off, the cam­paign falls off a cliff. Though high-pro­file in­fi­delity may seem like a news blip in 2018, direc­tor Ja­son Reit­man makes it clear that Rice-gate was the birth of the po­lit­i­cal sex scan­dal. Yet his film still doesn’t quite probe at this is­sue in an in­sight­ful or even sala­cious way.

“He’s a re­ally smart guy,” Jack­man tells Us of Hart.

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