Film Review: Fair Game

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Sean Penn in a scene from 'Fair Game' (2010), a movie about CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts).(Photo: http://www.fairgame-movie.com/)
Sean Penn in a scene from 'Fair Game' (2010), a movie about CIA operative Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts).(Photo: http://www.fairgame-movie.com/)

 

Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery

Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min

Director: Doug Liman

Rated:PG-13 for some language

Rico: Fair Game is the highly-publicized Valerie Plame (played by Naomi Watts) story. Her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), is involved in an investigation into the alleged sale of enriched uranium.

Joyce: If you haven’t kept abreast of this scandal, you might be a bit confused. We learn that Valerie, when asked by a colleague at the CIA, recommended her husband to investigate the alleged problem in Niger, resulting in another higher-up sending him there. His findings were that no such sale had taken place.

Rico: I thought the film’s handling of the situation was either ham-handed, or grasping at straws. Many things should have been done differently, other than “throw a lovely, sympathetic character under the bus.” ***

Joyce: Both Watts and Penn are fine in their roles. I was a bit surprised at how Penn looked–much older. Hope that was just makeup. ***1/2

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