Film review: Irresistible


A Democratic strategist helps a retired veteran run for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town.

Our review:

I should preface this review with the fact that I have not been to a cinema since early 2020 so the whole cinema experience was quite a thrill. 

I watched the film at the new Red Hill Cinemas which I had been desperate to check out. 

The buttery smell of popcorn filled the air, there was an assortment of treats, meals to order and even a bar – the hardest part was choosing what size popcorn to order!

The film begins in 2016, the day after the now President Trump was named the President-elect. We are introduced to Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) a Democrat political strategist who is shocked by the result of the election, to say the least. 

A glimmer of hope/opportunity is presented to Gary and his team in a strong Republican town located in Wisconsin. Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper) a retired veteran is convinced to run for Mayor as a Democrat. 

Rose Byrne (who I have complicated relationship with as she is Australian, however I feel her comedy leans into discomfort) joins the cast as the Republican political strategist and the race to win the mayoral seat is on.

The movie plays on how disconnected “Washington” is with the regional communities with Gary even trying to dress the part to fit in to the small town environment but it ends up making him stand out even more. Imagine a brand-new SUV pulling into a regional Queensland town, the driver wearing unscathed RM Williams boots, an Akubra hat refresh out of the box and asks for the wi-fi password.

It is a comedic yet confronting look into how the American political system works and the amount of money poured into the two major parties instead of the community. 

I really liked the message the movie had, making it probably the most politically correct political movie I’ve ever seen. 

There are a couple of laugh out loud moments but most are a little forced. Overall, it’s easy to watch with an ending that’s impossible to  predict -  A pleasant relief from the current elections. 

Look out for the extra scenes after the closing credits roll.

Irresistible is in cinemas 15 October, 2020.

Final rating: 3/5


M (Mature)


Jon Stewart


Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper

If you liked this, try:

The Campaign, Eutopia (Australia Series). 

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Words: Kara Kefu