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With: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney, Alice Eve, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Liv Hewson, Alanna Ubach, Elisabeth Röhm, Spencer Garrett, Ashley Greene, Brooke Smith, Michael Buie, Nazanin Boniadi, Bree Condon, Ahna O'Reilly, Stephen Root, Madeline Zima, P. J. Byrne, Andy Buckley, Ben Lawson, Josh Lawson, Robin Weigert, Marc Evan Jackson, Richard Kind, Holland Taylor, D'Arcy Carden, Tricia Helfer, Jennifer Morrison, Amy Landecker, Katie Aselton
Written by: Charles Randolph
Directed by: Jay Roach
MPAA Rating: R for sexual material and language throughout
Running Time: 108
Date: 12/20/2019

Bombshell (2019)

3 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I'm not entirely sure if I enjoyed Bombshell as a movie, or as revenge, as it attempts to skewer the massive brainwashing machine known as Fox News. To its credit, it does attempt to find humanity in the characters that work there, but the end result still feels a little too on-the-surface to make much of an impact, either culturally or creatively. Charlize Theron is astonishingly spot-on as news anchor Megyn Kelly, completely transformed by makeup, voice modulation, and physical being. Nicole Kidman plays commentator Gretchen Carlson, but sadly, her makeup makes her look more like a neanderthal than the actual Carlson. Margot Robbie looks like herself as new hire Kayla Pospisil, a religious conservative who dreams of being an anchor. Kayla meets the big boss, Roger Ailes (John Lithgow, also heavily made-up), who makes her hike up her skirt so he can see her legs (and, possibly, more than that). When Gretchen is fired, she immediately attempts to topple Ailes for sexual harassment; the other women must decide whether or not they want to risk everything to get on board. Kate McKinnon plays a crucial character, a lesbian who must keep her sexual orientation and her liberal politics a secret at work; she says she continuously applies for other jobs, but once a person works at Fox, no one else will hire. I confess I let out a hoot when Richard Kind turned up as Rudy Giuliani, but quieted down again when Malcolm McDowell appeared, playing a scary Rupert Murdoch.

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