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Movie Review: Conventioneers

Alternate Title: Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Story: The 2004 Republican National Convention held in NYC is the background for this movie that combines a fictitious love story between a left wing protest organizer and a Conservative Republican delegate from Texas. The story blends fiction and documentary in a style that I call 'docu-fictionary' (I just made up that word).

Writer and director Mora Stephens and producer husband Joel Viertel did a credible job in combining the two forms of storytelling. Their own real life arrest during the convention in one of the NYPD's sweeps of protesters might have been an even better story to tell.

The idea that these two polar opposite characters could meet, hook up and contemplate a future together crossed the line into the realm of fairy tale story telling for me. Politics indeed is passionate and the bedroom could easily be a place where demonstrative emotions run wild. This couple, however, did not elicit an emotional response from me. I was way more interested in the politics of the street as millions of demonstrators gathered to protest just about everything.

If you like politics, need to be reminded of what happened just two years ago in the 2004 lead up to the elections, then check out this film.

Acting: Matthew Mabe as the delegate looked very much the part and handled his role well. Woodyn Koons as the left wing politico played the at times, confused liberal well too. Alek Friedman, played the most interesting part. He was a semi-retired protester, who's day job was as a sign language interpreter. He is called upon to sign for Bush at the convention. This part was true and I found more interesting than the love story.

Predilection: I am a politic and was one of the demonstrators that week. Luckily I did not get caught in one of the sweeps by the NYPD.

Food: Many of the protest meetings take place in eateries. Lots and lots of booze is drunk.

Theater Audience: It was a screening. There were only four people in attendance.

Weather: It was late summer. It was hot.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: The convention made me squirm.

Drift Factor: It could have been tightened a bit.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours.