Lightly fictionalizing the can’t-believe-this-is-real narrative of the 2005 documentary of the same name, David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis follows a handful of American political strategists as they try to swing a Bolivian presidential election in their favor. At the center of it all is Sandra Bullock’s Jane Bodine, a strategist whose past scandalous behavior threatens to derail her current campaign. Her opposition: The despicable Pat Candy, a thinly veiled James Carville played by a particularly wily Billy Bob Thornton. David Gordon Green’s films of late have run the gamut from broad slapstick (Your Highness) to understated drama (Joe), so seeing where a cynical political dramedy falls on the spectrum should be a draw in and of itself. Our Brand Is Crisis hits theaters on October 30, but The A.V. Club and Warner Bros. have an opportunity for you to see it for free on October 27. For your chance to win a pair of passes to the advance screening, simply follow the link here and enter your information. Remember: Seats will be first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early. An official plot synopsis and trailer for the film can be found below.
“A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability—both on and off the campaign trail—Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, Our Brand Is Crisis reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.”