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Grassroots (2012)

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After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.

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Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Phil Campbell (book), Stephen Gyllenhaal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Biggs ... Phil Campbell
Joel David Moore ... Grant Cogswell
Lauren Ambrose ... Emily Bowen
Cobie Smulders ... Clair
Tom Arnold ... Tommy
Todd Stashwick ... Nick Ricochet
D.C. Pierson ... Wayne
Emily Bergl ... Theresa Glendon
Christopher McDonald ... Jim Tripp
Cedric the Entertainer ... Richard McIver
Michael Nardelli ... Willis
Noah Harpster ... Marvin
Sean Nelson Sean Nelson ... Musician
Joe Mandragona Joe Mandragona ... Kevin
Connie Thompson Connie Thompson ... Connie Thompson
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After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Democracy with a smile

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Candidatos à Encrenca See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,497, 24 June 2012

Gross USA:

$6,497
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In promotional YouTube videos you can see cameo appearances by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, his spokesperson Aaron Pickus and Cary Moon, director of the People's Waterfront Coalition. Grant Cogswell wrote a feature-length story in the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger about how McGinn, Pickus, Moon and many others were carrying his vision of a more equitable and sustainable transportation system. They are featured in a monorail scene and are sitting in the background, chatting with other passengers. See more »

Connections

References Braveheart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

En Fuego
Written and Performed by Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Courtesy of Which Doctors (BMI)
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A real little movie with characters to care about
11 November 2013 | by GrammarMattersSee all my reviews

It's not a huge budget movie, and that often bugs me - but the story is based on real events and I cared about the characters.

I'm very surprised that the current rating for this movie is only 4.9. I wrote this review because I think the movie is definitely worth more than that. I think this movie is worth your time.

I suspect that some of the low ratings come from those who don't like the grassroots politics ideas behind the movie, and the idea that even the poor deserve decent transit.

All this being said, I'm not sure I like elevated transit systems, although using electricity is preferable to diesel buses.


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