The Politician returns after the Season 1 time jump, and Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is back, but this time, he’s vying for a seat in the New York State Senate as part of his plan to take the presidency. Standing in his way is a different opponent than what he’s faced in the past: Incumbent Dede Standish (Judith Light), whose election campaign has been thrown out of whack with Payton’s entrance into the race. With the help of her loyal Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler), Dede does everything she can to cling onto her Senate seat.
As a long-time incumbent and greatly admired Senate Majority Leader with no-nonsense Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler) Payton tries his best to take down Dede, revealing her part in a “throuple.” But Hadassah digs up her own secrets about Payton, threatening to release an embarrassing photograph of him posing nearly nude and wearing a headdress. “We’re destroying him,” she tells Dede. “You’ll thank me later.” There’s also “spicy lube,” multiple positive pregnancy tests, one traitorous campaign member, plenty of tears and many Nancy Meyers jokes at her side
Synopsis / Plot:
An equal rights crusader, journalist, and activist: Gloria Steinem embodies these and more. From her role in the revolutionary women’s rights movement to her travels throughout the U.S. and around the world, Steinem has made an everlasting mark on modern history. A nontraditional chronicle of a trailblazing life.
- “A timely yet rousingly conventional look at the legendary feminist leader (…) the traditional approach taken by Taymor works fine ”
Owen Gleiberman: Variety
- “A creative, rich biopic that doesn’t give a hoot about convention (…) Vikander’s performance is arguably the meatiest”
Kate Erbland: IndieWire
- “Threaded throughout with stylistic extravagances that can feel intrusive, the film is most exciting when its dramatic scenes are intercut with archival footage”
David Rooney: The Hollywood Reporter
- “[It] is ultimately a triumphant and insightful story about how a young girl became a feminist.”
Adam Chitwood: Collider
- “As it stands, the film gets the job done. Gloria Steinem deserves to be discussed and admired.”
Dan Mecca: The Film Stage
Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler, Janelle Monáe, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Timothy Hutton, Angela Relucio, Olivia Jordan, Olivia Olson, Deetta West, Lorraine Toussaint, Kimberly Norris Guerrero, Victor Slezak, David Shae, Charles Green, Enid Graham, Leah Renee-K, Annika Pampel, Allie McCulloch, Jay Huguley, Kelley Davis, Mo Brings Plenty, Joan McMurtrey, Lynne Ashe, Kimiko Gelman, Bethany DeZelle, Michael Lowry