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State of the Union Frank Capra's comedy-drama State of the Union scathingly examines the way political candidates are packaged. Spencer Tracy is an...State of the UnionDrama, ComedyUnrated Frank Capra's comedy-drama State of the Union scathingly examines the way political candidates are packaged. Spencer Tracy is an...2006-08-18Angela Lansbury
B+

State of the Union

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Angela Lansbury; Director: Frank Capra; Author: Myles Connolly, Anthony Veiller; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Frank Capra’s comedy-drama State of the Union scathingly examines the way political candidates are packaged. Spencer Tracy is an industrialist with great ideas whose mistress (Angela Lansbury) enlists a pro (Adolphe Menjou) to guide him. That means reuniting with his estranged wife (Katharine Hepburn) for the campaign. If you don’t think the film is timeless, just wait till the candidate yells, ”Don’t you shut me off! I’m paying for this broadcast!” A couple scenes of patriotic Capracorn, and Universal’s lack of any EXTRAS, are among the few hanging chads. B+Edward Karam

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