|Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
Smart, funny political satire about a right-wing, folk-singing Senatorial candidate who knows how to manipulate an audience--and the media. Turns into a political polemic near the end, using speechifying instead of incident and dialogue to make its points. Still, a stimulating ride, and an impressive writing-directing debut for Robbins, who also composed the songs with his brother David. Funny cameos by a variety of famous actors as air-headed TV news anchors and reporters; Bob Balaban and John Cusack add verisimilitude to a pseudo-Saturday Night Live sequence.