Movie information

Democracy with a smile. Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for pervasive language and brief drug use.
Released on:
June 22, 2012 (Seattle)
July 13, 2012 (NY)

Production Companies:
MRB Productions, Votiv Films
Samuel Goldwyn

Status: Released

Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose, Cobie Smulders, Tom Arnold, Christopher McDonald, Cedric the Entertainer

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Screenwriter: Stephen Gyllenhaal, Justin Rhodes
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Comedy, Drama
About the film:
There's no family dog strapped to the roof of his car, but political candidate Grant Cogswell has his own set of image problems, starting with the fact that he likes to dress up as a polar bear and he's currently an unemployed music critic. In Stephen Gyllenhaal's bittersweet, uplifting comedy GRASSROOTS based on the true story of the 2001 Seattle City Council election Cogswell becomes a mono-maniacal man of the people, rallying an unlikely posse of misfits, slackers, and square pegs to his seemingly hopeless David-and-Goliath battle against a firmly entrenched incumbent.

Before the Occupy Movement there was Grant's fervent pitch to the Emerald City's downtrodden hipsters and idealists to stand up for what they believe in, to take back their city government, to build a beautiful monorail that would carry them into the future, to be part of something bigger than themselves. GRASSROOTS offers an exhilarating, hilarious, bumpy ride on the political train just when we need it most, because at bottom what drives this eccentric optimist is his belief that what he is doing actually matters.
Rated R for pervasive language and brief drug use.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $6,497 (1 theater) |
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