THE PARTY’S OVER is a documentary. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (the male nurse in MAGNOLIA) has a crew of four people who go from town to town following the presidential campaign of 2000 between then Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore.
The movie starts off in front of MTV’s popular show Total Request Live (TRL) with teenage students and young adults joining in MTV’s political campaign called Rock the Vote. Rock the Vote encourages generation X to register to vote and actually vote. They interview a teenage boy at the event, and he says something that seems to be an underlining theme of the movie and a cry of generation X’s heart, purpose and destiny. The boy says, “My generation hasn’t done anything. All we do is go to the mall. This (in reference to Rock the Vote) gives us an opportunity to do something important in our generation.” After this statement, they begin to go on the campaign trail. As they do, they also document left-wing political protests where the camera focuses more on the young people at the protest.
THE PARTY’S OVER has interviews with people like Bill Maher, Susan Sarandon, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Pat Boone. The filmmakers go to the Democratic, Republican and Green Party political conventions and to the National Rifle Association’s gun show. At each place they interview someone there asking them what they believe and why other groups say the things they say about that group. This documentary is full of interviews from senators, state representatives, and leaders that are part of certain political groups like the ACLU.
This movie shows all sides of the political view of homosexuality, abortion, poverty, environmental issues, and owning guns. Even though the crew shows all these aspects they also show their view of the response of the person they interviewed or the situation they just filmed. They don’t keep their feelings out of the documentary. Hoffman doesn’t say for whom he voted, but they ask him on camera, “What you do you think about that?” or they show his reaction at a particular party convention and when someone spoke. The truth of how to solve a lot of society’s problem was answered by a local minister who has a program that helps people get free from the lifestyle of drugs, homosexuality, and alcohol. The minister says that the government can’t change a person’s problem with drugs, alcohol, and homosexuality, only Jesus Christ through the church. The answer of can the government really solves all of societies problem was answered by that minister.
The crew of this movie is looking to find a particular government party to solve society’s problems and to give the youth of America a purpose and a destiny. In the crew’s mind, they do not find an answer, but if they chose to see, they might have found the answer buried in between the different political debates when the minister says that the answer is Jesus and his church. If people really watch THE PARTY’S OVER and read the underlying themes and see the real question they are asking, they might find that this is the same question that every person who does not know Jesus is looking for, Who am I and who can help me?
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SUMMARY: THE PARTY’S OVER is a documentary starring actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who follows the 2000 presidential election. The documentary shows both sides of the political campaign and includes interviews from many people on various sides, but passes over the real solution offered by a local minister in the movie – Jesus Christ.
(B, E, H,) The movie had a lot of different because they interviewed Republicans, Democratic, Human right activist, and Environmental activist, and so the content ranges between liberal ideas and conservative ideas in regard to abortion, death penalty, owning guns, since the movie is trying to find out what is the difference between the Republican Party and Democratic Party and what are their values and beliefs. There are interviews with young adults, the ACLU, NRA both political parties and different types of protestors. There were a couple of foul words in reference to the government from some activist. Violence was shown during the police breaking up protestors in three different scenes.