By Dr. Zaius
Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 10:00 am
Undecided: The Movie VOD
Written by Julio DePietro, Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler
Directed by Julio DePietro
Starring Jason Selvig, Davram Stiefler, Jena Friedman, Aasif Mandvi
Undecided Reality 2016 Productions, LLC
Runtime: 86 minutes
Release date: October 18, 2016
“It was weird to shoot a gun near Rick Santorum because I’ve never shot one before and no one asked who I was.”
Imagine if Impractical Jokers-style prankers took on modern politics and attended campaign rallies throughout the most divisive election year in American history. Well stop imagining, because it’s here. Shot as a Spinal Tap-style mockumentary, Undecided: The Movie was co-written by Julio DePietro, Jason Selvig, and Davram Stiefler, and stars Selvig and Stiefler as two shnooks chosen to be on a reality show where they try to find a candidate to back in the 2016 election. What follows is nearly 90 minutes of “OMG” moments, pure insanity, and legitimately funny and insightful political commentary.
Selvig plays John, son of a Republican politician, while Stiefler is Dan, whose mother lost everything on his failed business venture. They are undecided voters chosen to take part in a reality show headed by Jen Richmond (Jena Friedman). She gets them an RV and they travel the country going to campaign rallies during the primaries with all the candidates names on a big whiteboard. The goal”¦ go from undecided to decided and find a unanimous candidate they can agree on. Working with an idea-laden script, Selvig and Stiefler improv most of the their interactions and the results range from side-splittingly funny to cringe-inducing, in a good way.
The New York City duo, who previously performed their guerilla comedy as The Good Liars, start with a Rick Santorum rally before the Iowa caucus. Soon they’re with the Republican candidate at a gun range getting tips. Think about that for a second. Two actors got close enough to hold guns next to a presidential candidate! That was followed by hanging out with Democratic nominee Martin O’Malley, whom Dan loves as his new dad, and prayer sessions with Mike Huckabee. As the trip continues, Dan falls for producer Jen, which creates an awkward situation at a Marco Rubio rally when he tells the Florida Senator, “Mr. Rubio, my girlfriend has a crush on you.” Later in the film, Dan is back at it, interrupting a Rubio speech by exclaiming, “Marco Rubio stole my girlfriend!” He is removed and nearly arrested.
No one is safe from the duo. They open up an Arms for America table outside a Bernie Sanders rally while getting high on pot brownies. They become a media sensation for their attire outside Trump rallies, as well as their lack of attire at a Hillary Clinton speech. They draw serious ire from supporters at a Jeb Bush town hall, as well as from Rubio and Trump fans when they interrupt the candidates’ speeches. I feel I need to remind you, this was all done 100% for real. They are really putting themselves in these situations. Several times watching this I dropped my face into my hands and loudly said, “Oh my god, no!”
As they grab media attention, including appearing on Fox News, MSNBC, and even a Hillary Clinton campaign ad, not enough people pick up on the fact that the same two guys are front and center at all these rallies for all the candidates. The people they meet and talk to say outrageous things. It reminded me at times of some of the early documentaries of Michael Moore. While obviously focusing on the politics, the film also delves into how politics divides people. There is a subplot about Jen fighting for her job because the guys start getting along too much, which is bad for ratings. Dan and John come from vastly different backgrounds, each a usual follower of one party, and yet they become friends almost immediately. At the end of the film, you’re more focused on their relationship than which candidate will end up winning.
Undecided: The Movie could not have come at a better time. With Election Day in the United States now just hours away, the filmmakers and actors put their lives on the line to expose how utterly ridiculous this 2016 election process has been. The film appeals to everyone. Obviously if you’re into politics, it’s a win win. But even if not, it’s legitimately laugh-out-loud funny. I cannot wait to see where Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler go from here, but I’m hoping for some type of sequel.
Undecided: The Movie is currently streaming on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Video.
The 2016 Presidential campaign just got even crazier. In this unprecedented comedy, a camera crew follows two “undecided” voters along the actual campaign trail, and no Presidential candidate – on either side of the aisle – is spared. But when the producers of their show conspire to drive the undecideds apart, they have to band together or risk becoming pawns in a sinister plot that could change the course of the election. Using actual footage from real-world interactions with all the major Presidential candidates – including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush (and many more!) – “Undecided” gives the 2016 election the unforgettable comedy it so richly deserves.
Undecided: The Movie Official Trailer 1 (2016) – Jason Selvig Movie