The Congressman

Starring: Treat Williams, Ryan Merriman, Elizabeth Marvel, George Hamilton, Jayne Atkinson
Directed By: Jared Martin and Robert Mrazek

Plot: Charlie Winship (Williams) is a long-term congressman who finds himself fighting for his right to not stand for the pledge of allegiance, and also fighting for a small fishing village who keeps seeing their waters being taken over by corporate fishing.

What Works: I’ve long been a fan of Treat Williams, so I thought this was a nice showcase of his talent. I think this film really wanted to be idealistic, and I respect that. Toward the end of the film when he’s not trying so hard, Ryan Merriman became tolerable again.

What Doesn’t Work: Most of the cast can’t act. I felt like I was watching a Hallmark movie, but not a good one. Like a random Hallmark film churned out for their network. I hate how they danced around Merriman and another character like they might develop a relationship, but never outright declare either character gay, or really take a leap in that direction. It’s like they wanted to keep that door open, but not offend anyone who might be watching the film. Sometimes you have to take a risk in order for it to pay off in the story. Here, they back away from it, and then the setup doesn’t work for me. It’s not an awful screenplay, it’s just not a very good one.

Final Word: I’m honestly not sure why I chose to watch this, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone else. It’s not one of the worst films I’ve seen this year, but it’s far from the best. I’d label it a waste of your time.

Final Grade: C-

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