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Sarah Palin documentary "The Undefeated" defeated at box office–debuts to nearly empty audience in LA

Sarah Palin documentary "The Undefeated" defeated at box office–debuts to nearly empty audience in LA

Harry Potter defeated Palin at the box office hauling out a can of whoop ass, Alaskan style–or maybe, Orange County style.  The Atlantic reported that the only one in the audience was the reporter–well–after a couple of walk-outs–no liberals, no conservatives–nobody:

When the clock struck 12:01 am today, AMC theaters in select cities were permitted to start showing "The Undefeated," a feature length documentary about Sarah Palin. As it happens, I'm visiting my parents in Orange County, Calif., home to one of just 10 theaters where the film is being rolled out. Watching it didn't interest me so much as going to interview folks who decided to attend. I figured I'd meet some nice people, perhaps run into someone who knows my grandparents, press five or six Palin fans on why they like her, and convey their worldview. It's my experience that the grassroots doesn't fit the caricature of its champions or its detractors.

In the parking lot of The Block, an outdoor mall in the City of Orange, I worried that arriving 45 minutes early was cutting it too close: it took 20 minutes to find parking, and folks were lining up scores deep outside the theater box office. Our airport is named after John Wayne. Ronald Reagan remains a hero to many. Even Richard Nixon's association with this place is treated as a point of pride. When I was growing up here, a local hotel broadcast the Rush Limbaugh program everyday in its restaurant. I should've known there'd be a big turnout, I thought.

As I approached, however, I realized that most people present were dressed in costume. The crowd was either showing ironic solidarity with Christine O'Donnell, the tea party candidate who is not a witch, or else everyone was there to see the Harry Potter movie playing on a majority of the theater's 30 screens. Without any way of telling Palin moviegoers from Potter fans dressed up like muggles, I'd have to pay, go to the assigned theater, and look for interviewees.

I hurried through the teenage hordes, bypassed a concession stand that sold 1,020 calories of soda for $5.25, and entered theater number 30, hoping I'd have ample time before the previews to talk to some people. But inside, the theater was empty. I sat there alone for 20 minutes, at which point an usher stuck his head in the door, gave me a quizzical smile, and said, "How come you're not watching Harry Potter?" Then he left me by myself again, and without any good answer.

It isn't strictly accurate to say that I sat through the whole movie alone. Just as the previews started, two young women walked in giggling together and took seats three rows behind me. Afraid that they'd ruined the only story I had at that point — What If Sarah Palin Starred in a Movie and No One Showed Up? — I hoped they'd at least oblige me with an interview, and so they did.

Jamie Watkins, 22, is a Missouri native, which qualifies her as a real American. She only recently moved to Southern California, and her little sister, Jessie, age 18, was visiting for the first time.

"So, um, what made you come out here tonight?"

"We're going to Disneyland tomorrow," Jamie said, "but she just got here, so we decided we should go out."

"We looked online for the latest movie playing," Jessie added. "But all the Harry Potters were sold out, and then we saw 'The Undeafeated.' We don't even actually know what we're seeing."

"Well welcome to California," I said. "You're about to see a documentary about Sarah Palin."

"Oh, really?" they said, and started giggling again. I think they were expecting an action flick. When I returned to my seat, I thought maybe I'd talk to them after the movie, and get the perspective of two people who went in with no expectations. But they only lasted 20 minutes before walking out.

After that, it is strictly accurate to say that the theater was empty, except for me. On screen there were clips of a younger Sarah Palin helping to reform Alaskan governance. "In politics, you're either eating well or sleeping well," she said. I jotted this down: "And which of those are you doing now?"

Shortly before the end of the film, a young couple entered, walked to the back row, started making out, then interrupted their session and left (spoiler alert) as Andrew Breitbart, who made one of several guest appearances, started talking about eunuchs. Then I was alone again, working. Instead of researching civil liberties violations, or the war in Libya, or the contest to elect the next president of the United States, I was both a journalist and the only member of the public willfully paying attention to Sarah Palin, as if standing in for the pathologies of my profession.

Time Magazine reports the movie has rated a "0" on Rotten Tomatoes, putting it in the same slot of failures as "Gigli" and "Police Academy 4:"

And to add insult to, well, insult, The Los Angeles Times reports that the founder of The Razzies, otherwise known as the Golden Raspberry Awards, commented that Sarah Palin was ‘what the Razzies are all about.' A Razzie nod for Worst Film would put The Undefeated on par with The Love Guru and Gigli. But only time will tell — the Razzies are held the day before the Academy Awards.

Perhaps its 0% rating is a hint to bring tomatoes to the movie theaters — that is, if you even decide to turn up.

Time couldn't resist a final jibe when they said "The Undefeated" is proving an ironic title choice."


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  • Many of the people who support Governor Sarah Palin or want to know more about her actually work for a living. They wouldn't be at a midnight showing like Harry Potter's teen fans. Plus, the theatre didn't publicize the midnight show, according to the manager. So this column is very misleading.


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    In these ways Gov. Sarah Palin is out of step with the culture: She does not think that being non-judgmental is the highest good. She believes there is evil in the world and we should name it and stand against it. She is not intimidated by those deemed more important by the media. Counter to her reputation, she follows policymaking, understands it, and pronounces correctly on it. These things may outweigh her undeniable immersion in the pop-cultural swamp.

    There is just one thing that should be remembered about Sarah Palin – she is smarter than 999 out of any 1,000 people in politics and the MSM. Thomas Sowell is smarter than everyone, so he out matches her; Victor Davis Hanson may, as well…but you won't find too many others who actually do.

    She's running intellectual rings around everyone – and doing it so well that even her critics don't notice it, even if they have to wit to understand that they might not know as much as they think. We have seen this before, by the way – the man's name was Ronald Reagan.

    SARAH PALIN’S history of executive and leadership positions (in brief):

    1996 – Elected Mayor of Wasilla

    1999 – Reelected Mayor of Wasilla

    2002 – Elected as President of AK Conference of Mayors by fellow mayors in the state

    2003 – Appointed by Governor(and fmr Senator) as Chairman of AK Oil and Gas Agency (A major leadership post in the state’s most vital economic field and industry)

    2006 – Elected Governor

    2007 – Elected Chairman of Interstate Oil and Gas Compact, a multi-state/intl group focused on energy development

    2008 – Nominated by GOP as Vice Presidential nominee after being selected by party’s Presidential nominee


    BARRACK OBAMA’S history of executive and leadership positions pre-presidency: _____________

    That pretty much sums up my point.

    Anybody that thinks Sarah Palin is not capable of being a great president, may have their mind changed by reading about her accomplishments. She not only stood up to corrupt Republicans, she fired, fined, and jailed them. She not only stood up to big oil companies, she beat them at their own game, and brought them in line. “Conservatives4Palin” has a lot of information. Also, her book, “Going Rogue,” and apparently the new documentary film, "he Undefeated.”

    Don’t judge her, at least until after you do research. If there is someone better to be our president, please tell me who.

    • Right. I don't believe it and see Patin Place Patin as a loon that quits. She quit in the middle of being a governor. That does not make for good leadership. What makes you think she wouldn't quit in the middle of being president? Secondly, she'd turn this nation into a theocracy if she could and that is not something a vast many of us want. I'm not interested in bias information her, so please do not confuse me with biased mythical about Palin that make her look like some goddess incarnate, just give me the facts and what you gave isn't it.

  • This film is simply another publicity stunt to make Palin what she really wants…. not the presidency, but cold hard CASH. Palin is for $ale and is making it rich on your dime with every book, speaking engagement, and movie ticket that markets her image and sells her looks (it’s certainly not her choice of words which got her this far.) Just watch her rolling in the money with an indecent proposal on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/06/ecstasy-of-sarah-palin_15.html

    • This is the impression that I have had of her, too, Brandt. I don't have a problem with people making money — and as much as they can so long as they don't hurt others in the process. But as far as presidential material, I don't think she fits the ticket and doubt she will run.


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