Showing on Sky Cinema and VOD services.
Written and directed by Jon Stewart, Irresistible has Steve Carell as political campaign strategist, Gary Zimmer, who after the chastening defeat of Hilary Clinton at the 2016 election, finds himself in a small Wisconsin town where he and his team want to help local farmer and former marine, Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper), to become the town’s democratic mayor and a new symbol of the democratic party. Jack’s campaign catches the attention of the Republicans who send their own strategic heavyweight Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), to run the mayors campaign and beat her old adversary Zimmer.
Irresistible is a great example of how the final act can change your view of a film. For two thirds of it what you have is pretty standard political satire, built on the premise of Washington politico’s heading off to small town USA and patronising their “small minded” political views and cares, with the town no more than a means to an end. With the story heading to one of two predictable ends, however the final act twists the story and shines a light at the nonsense of the political system and the objectionable amount of money that pours into it, for no other reason than to support its own existence and lifted Irresistible to something a bit more interesting and smart.
Irresistible was never going to be a bad film for me, I’m a big fan of Steve Carell, who has shown himself to be an equally fine actor in serious and comedic roles and is at home here, supported well in an extended cameo, from the always watchable Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper as the stoic but caring Harrison and McKenzie Davis as his smart and defensive daughter Diane.
The script moves along rapidly and although this leaves the characters a little thin, it stops it becoming too self indulgent and “preachy” leaving its observations as, while not necessarily earth shattering, smart and witty.
If you enjoy a smart political comedy with strong performances, then this while not quite irresistible, is an enjoyable and thanks to the final act an above average piece of political satire.