Plot Summary: This documentary follows the 2004 mayoral race in Bogota, NJ, detailing the foibles and petty grudges that can make small-town politics contentious.
Director: Kristian Fraga
Stars: Steve Lonegan, Fred Pesce, Dave Musikant
Serious Jest: (Worth Watching) This flick has the video quality of a 1990s health class film, and features a town that looks like it is the product of generations of inbreeding. At first, the residents’ rally against the incumbent mayor is comical in a campy way, but then the documentary drags a little bit. Specifically, I started thinking of how depressing it would be to live in Bogota. About halfway through, however, one of the campaigns gets a game-changing injection, and so does the film. I grew up in New Jersey and currently live close to Bogota, so, all in all, this flick was worth watching for me because it’s like one of your neighbors appearing on The Jerry Springer Show. Plus, it’s got a real human aspect to it…both good and bad.