‘In Your Guts, You Know He’s Nuts’

howtowinpresidencyIf you are interested in how the British view American elections watch the short, somewhat whimsical documentary, How to Win the U.S. Presidency. It is currently available on Netflix.

The film breaks down a presidential campaign into six basic subjects: Money, Celebrity, Religion, The Look, Family, and The Message. It also looks at how the Founding Fathers used the Roman republic as a template for our form of government. So with only seven subjects to cover in 50 minutes, the film feels fast-paced, yet informative.

The film is entertaining and educational because the writers dug deep into the vault of history and pulled out clips from Theodore Roosevelt to the 2016 presidential campaign. One of the most enjoyable parts is near the end when they list  campaign slogans. It is where the title of the post comes from — as one presidential contender rewrote an opponent’s campaign slogan.

The lighthearted approach used in the film feels like a much-needed reprieve to the (sometimes aggressive) arguments that unfold on social media about the current presidential candidates.

Rated 5 out of 5: How to Win is short and whimsical, succinctly explaining what’s important to Americans each election cycle.


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