Bombshell

Bombshell

DVD - 2020
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A group of women decides to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Anchor Bay,, [2020]
Branch Call Number: FIC Bombs
Characteristics: 1 DVD (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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winston16
Jul 26, 2020

I want to see the documentary that has come out recently on this story, but I have to say I found this version (part fact , such as the Megan and Gretchen harassment suit, and part fiction such as the composite character Margo Robbie plays) very compelling. A stellar cast and a rat-a-tat pace make for a movie that grabs you and keeps your attention. Although the specific situation of sexual harassment in a television empire may not reflect the majority of women's experiences, I'd bet there is a lot here that will ring true for many. The put-downs, innuendoes, and power plays are all too familiar. The three main actresses are wonderful and John Lithgow plays Ailes as both pitiable and monstrous.

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Activevoice
Jul 26, 2020

I think the film made light of the situation. I found the portrayal of the women trivialized the nature of their abuse. Unlike the movie ‘Spotlight’ the movie wasn’t engaging, and I was made to feel little sympathy for the survivors of the sexual harassment. The root of the movie should be about the abuse of power, instead it was about women striving for their careers at the cost of their humanity. As attitudes change towards workplace harassment this movie will prove to be an anachronistic embarrassment for all the participants.

lotuslori_8 Jul 21, 2020

After watching the seven-part television series The Loudest Voice, which was great, I wasn't impressed with the way the story was presented in this movie.

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Ace4aDay
Jun 13, 2020

Great perspective on behind the scenes sexual harassment by former Fox CEO Roger Ailes and the women who took him down.

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bookie66
May 26, 2020

Disappointing.

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ckilmjoco
Mar 26, 2020

Good movie with a star-studded cast. And stellar performances by Charlize T., Nicole K., & Margot R. John Lithgow is unrecognizable and plays the role of Roger Ailes to a T. This is a film that is vital in today's society, showing how women are objectified. And strikes a chord in the #MeToo movement. I do have to agree with others though, there was a lot to cover in a limited amount of time & it did jump from each character's story. Even though they were all connected, to being sexually assaulted. But, it also showed what really goes on behind the scenes at a huge conglomerate of Fox News. I liked the scene where Megyn Kelly's character is contemplating coming forward too, while she's driving in the rain, in construction. And the sign says, 'Stay in Lane'. I thought there was symbolism there. Since so many women over the years had stayed in their lane and not come forward or made allegations. And now it was her turn to decide if she would too.

JCLHeatherM Mar 24, 2020

There is a great deal to unpack in this film, mostly because the film itself is under two hours and contains dozens of newscasters, employees at Fox, News and people connected to people who work at Fox News. I wound up watching the film a few times just to get snippets of all of the players (some who have very little camera time). That being said, a project of this scope may have worked better as a miniseries ala Showtime’s 'The Loudest Voice', where it could have been a 6-8 hour project that further develops its players (the three core: Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and the fictitious Kayla who is a composite of actual women who worked at Fox News) and the periphery characters.

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feralranger
Mar 24, 2020

I was expecting this to be way different then it was. I'm glad for the outcome but I did not find this film that compelling.

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StringerD
Feb 29, 2020

This DVD is listed as ON ORDER and over 100 holds exist. However, when I try to place a hold, I get the message, "Cancelled orders are unavailable for request.". Regardless of what the correct status is, it should be consistent, right?

JCLBrittanyC Feb 27, 2020

This film covers the lawsuit that was filed against Fox News founder Roger Ailes for
sexual harassment by Gretchen Carlson. I found importance in this film being
made, but I also felt like too much attention was directed to areas it didn’t need to
be. The film is broken into three different storylines: Gretchen Carlson, Megyn
Kelly, and a young new hire. Again, all were stories that needed to be heard, but so
much of the film is focused on Megyn Kelly and her hardships, outside of the sexual
harassment. Overall, I did think the film was lacking a little in the strength of all the
storylines, nonetheless I think it was a story that needed to be told. If you looking to
get fired up about women rights, then I mean you have to give it a try!

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