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View Poll Results: Better political satire?
"Wag the Dog" 23 56.10%
"Primary Colors" 9 21.95%
Neither 8 19.51%
Other (please specify...) 1 2.44%
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Old 09-28-07, 07:00 PM   #1
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"Wag the Dog" or "Primary Colors"...better political satire?

So between those two, which is the better political satire to learn from in a High School Government class? The one that would be more entertaining to a 17 year-old who might not particularly dig politics.
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Old 09-28-07, 09:18 PM   #2
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Isn't 'Primary Colors' based on the Clinton campaign?

'Wag' is more of a satire.
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Old 09-28-07, 10:07 PM   #3
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Old 09-28-07, 10:11 PM   #4
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Although Primary Colors is funny in parts, I don't consider it a "satire".
Wag the Dog, I would consider a "satire".

A beter question is which would a 17 year old like more?

Wag the Dog, because it is more over the top.
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Old 09-29-07, 02:38 PM   #5
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Although Primary Colors is funny in parts, I don't consider it a "satire".
Wag the Dog, I would consider a "satire".

A beter question is which would a 17 year old like more?

Wag the Dog, because it is more over the top.
that is my thinking, though they do know the whole Clinton/Monica scandal, but well? i am not so sure since they were like 2.
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Old 10-01-07, 03:46 AM   #6
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Wag the Dog is one of the most hilarious films I've seen. And tells pretty much about the world we live in. My vote is for WtD.
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Old 10-01-07, 07:28 AM   #7
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Wag the Dog. Primary Colors was so boring that it'll easily put every student to sleep.
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Old 10-01-07, 08:14 AM   #8
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I prefer Primary Colors...I thought that movie was hilarious in parts and flat out entertaining... I did a project in grade 11 on the book and then saw the movie, so I guess I do have a slight bias since I thought both were excellent... Wag the Dog I haven't seen since the theatre and then I thought it was overhyped and while it had it's moments, as a whole didn't quite work for me.
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Old 10-01-07, 12:34 PM   #9
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that is my thinking, though they do know the whole Clinton/Monica scandal, but well? i am not so sure since they were like 2.
Wag the Dog actually predates the Clinton/Lewinsky thing by a few months, which might interest them.
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Old 10-01-07, 05:20 PM   #10
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well, i'll let you all know. i decided to go with WTD and made up a nice little quiz about it so kids will have to pay attention. hopefully they get into like i did when i previewed it the other day.
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Old 10-02-07, 09:44 PM   #11
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Isn't 'Primary Colors' based on the Clinton campaign?

'Wag' is more of a satire.
kind of

it's based on the book Primary Colors originally written by Anonymous. After years of secrecy Joe Klein of Newsweek I think it was admitted to writing the book as a satire of the Clinton campaign.

People remember things differently now, but back in 1991 and 1992 the Clinton campaign was top notch entertainment. Pretty much the whole presidency was entertainment and if someone ever wrote Primary Colors II it would be a hit as well.

Too bad there is no both, but I prefer Primary Colors. The scene with Cathy Bates threatning to shoot the lawyer's balls off was classic as well as her picking out a lesbian lover from the campaign staff.

I liked Wag the Dog, but I thought it was too overboard. The modern news media would tear the fake war story apart in a minute.
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Old 10-03-07, 07:53 AM   #12
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WTD. Always enjoyed it.
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