I’m still giggling about this. Conor Friedersdorf from The Atlantic went to see the midnight showing of the new “film” about Sarah Palin called “The Undefeated”. He was the only one who watched the whole thing. The other TWO moviegoers left early.
It isn’t strictly accurate to say that I sat through the whole movie alone. Just as the previews started, two young women walked in giggling together and took seats three rows behind me. Afraid that they’d ruined the only story I had at that point — What If Sarah Palin Starred in a Movie and No One Showed Up? — I hoped they’d at least oblige me with an interview, and so they did.
Jamie Watkins, 22, is a Missouri native, which qualifies her as a real American. She only recently moved to Southern California, and her little sister, Jessie, age 18, was visiting for the first time.
“So, um, what made you come out here tonight?”
“We’re going to Disneyland tomorrow,” Jamie said, “but she just got here, so we decided we should go out.”
“We looked online for the latest movie playing,” Jessie added. “But all the Harry Potters were sold out, and then we saw ‘The Undeafeated.’ We don’t even actually know what we’re seeing.”
“Well welcome to California,” I said. “You’re about to see a documentary about Sarah Palin.”
“Oh, really?” they said, and started giggling again. I think they were expecting an action flick. When I returned to my seat, I thought maybe I’d talk to them after the movie, and get the perspective of two people who went in with no expectations. But they only lasted 20 minutes before walking out.
According to Fox News, it’s getting “rave reviews”. According to the website Rotten Tomaotes … uhhhh … not so much. They give it a 0% after nine reviews.
Here’s a coupla fun ones:
A troop-rallying campaign infomercial as imagined by Michael Bay: hero-worshipping, crescendo-edited at a dizzying pace, thunderously repetitive and its own worst enemy as a two-hour, talking-points briefing.
Once you realize the film is just going to be a string of encomiums against a backdrop of frantically edited archival material… it’s clear that no meaningful analysis of the woman’s career or political agenda will be forthcoming.
By the way, here’s the movie poster for the movie. Can’t help but wondering what it is she’s pretending to have in her hands…