Handsome 50-something Mike has it all. He is national secretary of a trade union, president of the Democrat Party, has a glamorous wife and five children, as well as a stunning mistress. He holds a number of appointments which have been given to him by a sympathetic state government but he is going backwards financially.
A large house in LA, a beach house, private school fees – these things don’t come cheap. He sets up a fictitious company in his wife’s name to channel much needed funds to the family. He extracts an American Express card from the owners of the printers who undertake the union’s work. He enters into another deal which involves kick-backs from one of the union suppliers, the proceeds of which are delivered to him via his mistress – in brown paper bags, no less.
Just when he thinks life can’t get any better, everything begins to unravel. Former side-kick and protegee, Craig, who has entered politics, is found to have used his credit card to pay for prostitutes. Investigative reporter, Kate, starts digging around. The police become interested.
The climax of the film takes place in a carpark where Mike has instructed his son, Chris, to take the suitcase filled with damaging documents and escape. He tells Chris that the police will not recognise him, but it turns out that the police have been listening to Mike’s phone calls.
The final scene shows Mike, wearing an orange onesie, being booked in for a long stint in jail.
Mike: Harrison Ford
Wife: Susan Sarandon
Mistress: Julia Roberts
Craig: Leonardo di Caprio
Chris: Bradley Cooper
Kate: Meryl Streep
The script may look a little far-fetched but, with that cast, the movie will be a box-office hit (although it will never be shown on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
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