It's 2001, before Twitter, before the flash mob and before Obama. A political unknown named Grant Cogswell (Joel David Moore) decides he must take down Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver (Cedric the Entertainer). Grant has only one dream, but it's a big one: an elegant monorail gliding silently above the city's wet streets, with only a tiny footprint--"like a kids' lemonade stand!"--on the ground. He is apoplectic with rage over McIver's mass transit proposal: a ground rail train he thinks will destroy lower class neighborhoods, wreak environmental harm on the local salmon population, and destroy the city. Grant has no campaign contributors, a tendency toward outbursts of profanity, and a snowball's chance in hell--until he lures recently fired alternative-weekly reporter Phil Campbell (Jason Biggs) to run his campaign. Phil may be a political neophyte, but he has the tact that Grant lacks and a 'what- the-hell-I-haven't-got-anything-better-to-do' attitude... until he recruits an army of wild-eyed young volunteers to back their unlikely crusade, and the impossible begins to happen.
- Stephen Gyllenhaal
- Stephen Gyllenhaal, Justin B. Rhodes
- Cobie Smulders, Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Christopher McDonald, Cedric The Entertainer, Tom Arnold
Although it only glosses the mechanics of local politics, it exudes an endearingly scruffy charm.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.12.2012
Poli-sci students may roll their eyes at true story of an upstart campaign for Seattle City Council.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 06.25.2012
Grassroots disingenuously has it both ways, reducing politics first to a David-versus-Goliath adventure, and then to an everyone-is-cool bowl of mush.Nick Schager, Village Voice, 07.10.2012
An enjoyable, fitfully engaging but ever-so-slightly forgettable minor-key political comedy.Tom Huddleston, Time Out, 11.06.2012