Bombshell

Bombshell

DVD - 2020
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A group of women decides to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2020]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE BOM
Language Note: English, French or Spanish dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles
English or French subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH); English described video
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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chachachacha
Sep 23, 2020

I enjoyed this movie. At almost 2 hours long, it went very quickly. I was amazed that Charlize Theron was made to appear so very much like Megan Kelly; from some camera angles I thought I was seeing Kelly. Most of the movie revolved around her character. I guess so little was around Nicole Kidman's catalyst character Gretchan Carlson because Carlson must have some NDA for her $20 million lawsuit. John Lithgow's Roger Ailes was very believable. Allison Janney also did a spot on representation in her short screen time of his attorney Susan Estrich. Seems to me a very authentic portrayal of an industry roiling with competition where every tactic is employed to succeed at any cost.

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reginator_22
Sep 09, 2020

Really good movie about Fox News and Roger Ailes. The cast is great, the ladies put in tremendous effort. I think this is a good watch!

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BlueHippo
Sep 08, 2020

Pretty good-well acted. I was particularly impressed with John Lithgow’s performance. I thought the movie down played the seriousness of the situation and made some ofthe women seem shallow. Probably a real documentary would be better if you are looking to understand the true story.

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maipenrai
Sep 05, 2020

Great story how a woman took on the powers at Fox for sexual harassment and won!! For once they had to acknowledge the truth. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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JWC214
Aug 29, 2020

This is an irredeemably bad movie made for the ME TOO crowd and the hate FOX liberals.
But it doesn't even do a good job of pandering to those. Cliched and derivative portrayal of aggressive, do-anything-to-advance women. Don't waste your time. This is a stinker and demeans people who watch it.

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Chyrsler2020
Aug 19, 2020

WOW! A real block buster. Special features quite long , but interesting , especially the prosthetic s. May have to watch it again. Lithgow was fantastic as Roger. I recall all this drama that unfolded years ago.

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richmole
Aug 09, 2020

This might be THE "#MeToo" movie of all time.

Based on the infamous case of Roger Ailes, Fox News Chairman and CEO and political insider (Nixon, Reagan, Bush Trump) (played in fascinating fashion by John Lithgow,) the movie stars three respected actresses as FOX personalities/newscasters whose lives and careers were threatened--like those of others--by a sexual predator in the corner office. But it's not Ailes offences that drive the movie. It's the women's reactions.

As Meagan Kelly, Charlize Theron--a fascinating film chameleon much like Johnny Depp--acts as the movie's centrepiece, but it's her lower-ranking colleague Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) who takes the real risk by quitting and accusing Ailes, hoping others will come forward and do the same. At first, they do not. This is pretty predictable stuff.

However, the performance--and the role--that "steals the show" is Margot Robbie's turn as new, young hopeful, Kayla Pospisil. It's easy to see her as the innocent victim--until her scene with Theron, who is clearly her mentor. That scene--and Kayla's final exit--are key moments and give the movie an unexpected punch.

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jfd5
Aug 07, 2020

Excellent story. Sad but true and probably so many, many others. Worth watching for certain.

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BBRUTTIG
Aug 05, 2020

Well done, compelling semi fictionalized of the story surrounding Roger Ailes, a very powerful media mogul.

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winston16
Jul 26, 2020

I want to see the documentary that has come out recently on this story, but I have to say I found this version (part fact , such as the Megan and Gretchen harassment suit, and part fiction such as the composite character Margo Robbie plays) very compelling. A stellar cast and a rat-a-tat pace make for a movie that grabs you and keeps your attention. Although the specific situation of sexual harassment in a television empire may not reflect the majority of women's experiences, I'd bet there is a lot here that will ring true for many. The put-downs, innuendoes, and power plays are all too familiar. The three main actresses are wonderful and John Lithgow plays Ailes as both pitiable and monstrous.

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reginator_22
Sep 09, 2020

Coarse Language: F word usage

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reginator_22
Sep 09, 2020

Megyn Kelly: If I learned anything this year, it's to not get sucked into a fight with someone who has better reason to be in it than you do.

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