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Charlie Wilson's War

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 9:56 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.

This movie has the one quality I always hope to see in a movie and almost never do: It’s smart. Everything about it is smart—the plot, the writing, the dialogue, the acting…smart. Factor in that it’s a true story and Mike Nichols is behind the camera, wild horses couldn’t drive me away.

Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is a Congressman, and he uses all the advantages that title brings to get drunk and get girls. He is the picture-perfect playboy. That is until he meets socialite Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts). Joanne has a cause the Afghani people, and in her world of money and power, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished. So Joanne presents Charlie with a plan to fund a covert war, arming Afghanistan in its effort to fight off Soviet invaders.

And that’s about it. Charlie, with the help of a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman), goes about calling in favors and using the appropriations committee to get weapons to the Afghanis. Just go see it. The film is, as I said, smart, funny, beautifully acted and brilliantly directed.

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