Fair Game is actually based on real life events that occurred back in 2002-2004. Many of you may remember the Valerie Plame/Joe Wilson political debacle…I didn’t. So in the opening scene the real Valerie Plame (not Naomi Watts) is making a speech, which was when I promptly paused the movie, looked to my husband and said, “Ok, what am I missing?” After a briefing on what happened back in 2002 and hearing that this movie is based on “mostly true events” I felt more prepared to watch and able to keep up. Sean Penn is, as always, incredible but the true star of Fair Game is Naomi Watts. To have a female power icon that plays a covert ops CIA spy is not something that Hollywood puts out on a regular basis and Watts lived up to her powerful real life character, Valerie Plame. She lends a taste of determination, intensity, and femininity in this spy thriller/drama and frankly I can’t think of any other big Hollywood actress that could do so well! A bit slow in the beginning so that they can bring those of us who are unaware of the 2002 scandal up to speed, but once the ride hit the first huge hill, I was hooked! With the combination of a captivating political scandal and phenomenal acting, this is a film that you won’t want to miss. Let me just say when Fair Game ended I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days afterwards.
Motherly Advice: I had my filters set on medium for Fair Game and I was spared two “f” words and a small handful of religious expletives. What makes this movie PG-13 is the content. It’s a film all about Government politics and the war over in the Middle East. And with the exception of about ten minutes worth of bombing and shooting when Valerie is over seas trying to uncover the terrorists, it really isn’t too violent. Fair Game would really be appropriate for anyone over 13 but I think that only adults and mature teens would grasp the message and enjoy the film.
Trisha~Fair Game it may be, but it’s certainly not one that I’d choose to play!