CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
Release Date: December 21, 2007
Genre: Historical Drama
Distributor: Universal Pictures/NBC Universal/General Electric
Director: Mike Nichols
Producer: Tom Hanks and Gary Gietzman
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
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When Charlie returns to Washington, he’s surrounded by buxom aides whom he calls “jail bait” because they are so young. He asks the CIA to report to him on Afghanistan. As some foul-mouthed CIA officer reports to Charlie, his chief aide is under indictment for drug use.
A wealthy Houston, Texas socialite, Joanne Herring, gets Charlie to come down to Houston so she can tell him to stop the Communists in Afghanistan by providing weapons to the tribes there. Joanne is a conservative, Christian anti-Communist who is holding an auction of attractive young Texas women to finance this plan and who sleeps with Charlie. In real life, the Joanne Herring my wife knew and I met was not like this. In fact, she would have been in her senior years (perhaps in her sixties) at the time the movie takes place, so it is hard to imagine her cavorting like this, especially with her strong Christian commitment.
Charlie tells Joanne he’s a liberal and elected by the Jews. She asks how many Jews are in his Texas district. He says none, that he gets support from Jews in New York and Los Angeles. She flies Charlie to Afghanistan, where the plight of the refugees touches Charlie’s bleeding heart. Charlie returns to Washington and uses his position on the defense committee to raise the funding for arming the Afghans from $5 million to $1 billion.
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR is not only filled with drugs, sex, dishonesty, and corruption, but it also is clearly an attempt to say that this smarmy left-wing Congressman won the war in Afghanistan, not President Ronald Reagan. For those who don’t remember, Reagan had already worked out years before his presidency a plan to finance anti-Communist rebels all over the world. Not only does Charlie Wilson’s war falsely portray history, it also bashes Christians and defames the reputation of Joanne Herring, turning her into a born again Christian society madam. The nudity, sex and drinking are all excessive, but what is worse is the smug elitism of the movie’s humanist perspective.
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR doesn’t understand people, revises history and spends so much time misrepresenting policy that it has no time for drama, jeopardy or storytelling. Everyone involved in this movie should be ashamed. The one positive virtue is that it depicts the collapse of the Soviet Union as a good thing.
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR is not only filled with drugs, sex, dishonesty, and corruption, but it also is clearly an attempt to say that this smarmy left-wing Congressman won the war in Afghanistan, not President Ronald Reagan. CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR doesn’t understand people, revises history and spends so much time misrepresenting policy that it has no time for drama. The nudity, sex and drinking are all excessive, but what is worse is the smug elitism of the movie’s humanist, anti-Christian perspective.