George Clooney directs this movie adapted from the play by Beau Willimon titled Farragut-North loosely based on the 2004 campaign of Howard Dean. This play was praised by critics and only warmly accepted by audiences.
It is story of Governor Morris (Clooney) running to win the Democratic primary in Ohio. On his staff is Phillip Seymour Hoffman
as the campaign manager and Ryan Gossling as the media expert. Marisa Tome plays a journalist befriending the players to get the big scoop. IMO the film belongs to Gossling as he sees his ideals trashed.
The plot has many twists that prevent me from revealing too much. Lets just summarize it as it is about: Loyalty, betrayal, ethics, integrity, blackmail, manipulation.
It is about the characteristics we hope our politicians have but are often see them shadowed by self interest.