Political Movies to Get You Pumped for the Election

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Film has long been a forum for social and political commentary. The list below includes just a few recent movies that will get your noggin going on the election process and why it's so darn important that you vote!

RECOUNT

To many Floridians, HBO's homage to the 2000 presidential vote-counting debacle will be a cringe-inducing look back at democracy in action in their home. The flick is billed as a behind-the-scenes ride along the twists and turns of the controversial presidential vote recount that landed George W. Bush in the White House over Al Gore.

WAG THE DOG

After being caught in a scandalous situation days before the election, the president does not seem to have much of a chance of being re-elected. One of his advisers contacts a top Hollywood producer in order to manufacture a war in Albania that the president can heroically end, all through mass media.

Note about the title: Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog.

CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE?

The inspiring story of a modern-day Mr. Smith’s idealistic campaign to win the 2006 Missouri Democratic primary with little more than political savvy, tireless work, and passionate leadership over a committed group of grassroots volunteers that grows from a few friends to more than 500 by election day.

When 29 year-old Jeff Smith decides to run for the congressional seat of a retiring Democratic party leader, his family and friends think he’s crazy. With no political experience, no name recognition, and no money, how can he possibly hope to defeat his opponent, the wealthy son of a Missouri political dynasty and the favorite of the political establishment and media?

At once an indictment of our often complacent and corrupt political system, CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? is also a celebration of what a small group of passionate people can still accomplish in a democracy.

SLACKER UPRISING

The Michael Moore movie takes place in the wake of "Fahrenheit 9/11," during the run-up to the 2004 election, as he traveled for 42 days across America, visiting 62 cities in a failed attempt to remove George W. Bush from office. His goal was to help turn out a record number of young voters and others who had never voted before. (That part was a success. Young adults voted in greater numbers than in any election since 18-year-olds were given the right to vote. And the youth vote was the only age group that John Kerry won.)

What he encountered during the tour and the filming was both inspiring and frightening, so he thought his journey would make for a funny and enlightening movie!

Each night, thousands would show up to volunteer in the Slacker Army against Bush. This drove local Republicans nuts. In one state they tried to have me arrested. At two colleges, rich donors offered to donate more money to the college if they would ban Moore from campus. Nearly a half-dozen universities kept the Slacker Uprising tour off their campuses. But there was no stopping this movement. By the time Moore and his army got to Florida, 16,000 people a night were showing up.

Moore's new film, "Slacker Uprising," available for free to everyone in the United States and Canada. It is the first time ever that a major feature-length film is debuting as a free download on the internet -- legally. The hope is that the release and wide distribution of this new movie will help to bring out millions of young and new voters on November 4th.