The Front Runner


Sequoia 1 Tue, Oct 9, 2018 6:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 11:15 AM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:113 min.
Director:Jason Reitman
Producer:Jason Reitman
Helen Estabrook
Aaron L. Gilbert
Screenwriter:Jason Reitman
Matt Bai
Jay Carson
Cinematographer:Eric Steelberg
Editor:Stefan Grube
Cast:Hugh Jackman
Vera Farmiga
J.K. Simmons
Alfred Molina
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


When the winsome, youthful, and camera-ready Senator Gary Hart—the favorite to win the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination—suddenly dropped out of the race, he wasn’t the first US politician to take a nosedive following the bombshell revelation of an extramarital affair. But the Colorado pol’s meteoric descent would set the course for the ongoing media obsession with public officials’ private lives, focused on salacious details rather than policy and public service. More of a thought-provoking and nuanced ensemble drama than a time capsule, writer-director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air, MVFF 2009) latest depicts the sometimes surprising, often poignant, and always compelling ripple effects of the scandal upon the people closest to Hart (a superb Hugh Jackman), including his independent-minded wife (a quietly magnetic Vera Farmiga), his flinty campaign manager (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), and the scrambling clutch of journalists who dredged up and disclosed the details.

Expected Guest: Director Jason Reitman  (Oct. 9)

Additional Information

Jason Reitman was born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is a producer and director, known for Up in the Air (2009), Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Young Adult (2011), and most recently Tully (2018) which re-teamed him with screenwriter Diablo Cody and actor Charlize Theron.