(And oh yeah... Palin's the one who lost for the GOP in 2008 with her dingbellishness and quit the Alaska governorship after half a term).
Her new bought and paid-for movie, the creatively mis-titled, The Undefeated, was supposed to reset her own sunken image and perhaps raise her miserable poll numbers among such important voters as independents and... Republicans.
The expensive staff Palin has
Seems Palin's hagiographic portrayal of her scant time actually governing something is not only getting the big 0's from the critics, but also from the masses who are not voting with their feet (or in this case, their butts)..
The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf, who was raised in Orange County, CA, well-established conservative bastion, went to the film's opening there hoping to interview the Palin fans thronging and throbbing at the show. He was surprised to find himself alone in the theater.
With the media's inability to stay away from her, the throngs who buy her books and attend her signings, the 6-figure fees she fetches for her speechifying, the 60-something males who slobber at the way she "fills a pair of jeans" (as one of them told us at a tea party rally last year) we believed her brand transcended politics. What voters thought didn't really matter; she could be a tabloid celebrity just fine.
We thought her movie, no matter how self-serving, might work for her, andso would her continuing to claim she's pondering a run in 2012. She still hasn't staffed up for that according to Politico, and why should she? Cock-teasing that out allows her to spend PAC money to travel around in private jets like the Queen of the World and not get into her capital.
The only positive reviews we could find are a plethora of them on Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood site. After laving Ms Palin's hinder parts extravagantly, reviewer John Nolte asks:
Will “The Undefeated” change minds? I think it will, especially among open-minded Independents who have yet to be introduced to “this” Sarah Palin. Thankfully, due to New Media and a filmmaker willing to put a million of his own dollars where his mouth is, we can now get the truth out there using our own Bus Tour — our own message-delivery device that works around the GOP eunuchs and corrupted MSM.
Unfortunately for Palin, and Nolte, open-minded Independents seem to have joined the GOP eunuchs and the rest of us who are passing on dropping the recquisite 9 bucks for this stinkbomb. Far as we can see, the only folks attending are movie reviewers... and that's not going well:
· “Bannon depicts Palin’s opponents as comic-book villains […] all united by their “hateful obsession” with Tearing Sarah Down. This cartoonish version of real life is paired with a just-as-caricatured view of Palin, who in this retelling is entirely without blemish, physical or political, and incapable of missteps. (Even the film’s title is a whitewashing—she was, in fact, The Defeated as John McCain’s running mate.)” — Anna Merlan, Village Voice
· “Once you realize the film is just going to be a string of encomiums against a backdrop of frantically edited archival material in which few shots are allowed to stay onscreen longer than three seconds, it’s clear that no meaningful analysis of the woman’s career or political agenda will be forthcoming.” — Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
· “The first hour of The Undefeated, scrupulously attentive to Palin’s rise through state politics, is pretty rough going, a turgid primer in Alaska’s pipeline management and oil, gas and, yes, milk subsidies. The movie may tempt even the most ardent conservatives to emulate their idol’s tenure as Governor and walk out halfway through.” — Richard Corliss, Time
· “The film sticks to her political career, presumably with the thought that it will reinforce her accomplishments in the arena, but in the process, it perversely provides a reminder of that career’s limited scope. By the end of The Undefeated, Palin actually seems a more remote figure than at its start, a blank space onto which the film’s gallery of supporters are content to project their wishes.” — Alison Willmore, AV Club