Los Angeles Times - 10/24/2003
"...Hoffman is especially good in the little moments..."
Following 1993's THE LAST PARTY, this sequel called THE PARTY'S OVER, hosted by Philip Seymour Hoffman, explores United States politics during the 2000 presidential election. Interviews with Ralph Nader, Jesse Jackson, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon are some of the highlights of this guided tour. Hoffman states that his reason for hosting the film is because he feels uninformed about the real differences between the Republican and Democratic parties, and the general public opinion of the government. Hoffman narrates and interviews in objective observer mode, leaning slightly to the left but not too far. Unlike the political documentarian Michael Moore, whose aggressive reporting often puts those he interviews on the spot and leads conversations to unravel secrets, Hoffman is shy and unobtrusive. This style lends openness and honesty to the film, while also keeping a distance from anything truly controversial. The film floats through election issues--from soft money to party platforms to the celebrity presence at some of the campaign events. And then moves into activism. It is the film's footage of protests in the streets, activist training camps, and conversations with young people about taking back their right to speak out on issues such as the environment, abortion, and gun laws, that are the film's most inspiring moments. THE PARTY'S OVER takes an informative roundabout look at politics in the United States at the turn of the 21st century.
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