Long, long time ago, Paul Schrader seemed to matter. Screenplay for Raging Bull and original story for Taxi Driver with Scorcese. Writer of Blue Collar as well. Lots of credits after that, but after the early 80’s? Here, writer and Director the story is political scandal and melodrama. Power Washington exposed. Turgid.
Then there’s the positively insipid performance by Woody Harrelson. Fill it in with some ‘old dames’ (Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin, Mary Beth Hurt) and what do you have? Cold stew with mushy potatoes.
Although Kristin Scott-Thomas trys to add a little flavor, it’s all too watered down and pre-packaged to be of interest.