Bulworth's Character Analysis

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The 1998 movie, Bulworth, dives into the realm of the scandalous American political system. From income inequality, to corporate greed, Bulworth manages to put a comedic twist on a very serious set of topics that politicians and the American public face daily. The main character, Jay Billington Bulworth is a liberal democratic Senator from California who is running for reelection (Bulworth: 1998). He has recently accepted millions of dollars in financial campaign donations from large corporations in order to combat his younger, populist opponent. At the beginning of the movie, Bulworth is sitting in his office, re-watching an old commercial from a prior election campaign. He hasn't slept or eaten for days and is considering ending his life.…show more content…
The honesty and candor with which Bulworth answers the questions re-ignites his drive to run for political office. Further along in the movie, the Senator meets a young African-American woman named Nina, who eventually takes Bulworth to her home in a ghetto of California. The senator went to her home after a televised event where he publicly drank alcohol and in order to hide from more media attention, Nina helped hide Bulworth. The two eventually begin a romantic relationship, which motivates the Senator even more to win his…show more content…
It is an exemplary piece of work that truly portrays why American is no longer the greatest country in the world anymore. This movie has many hidden metaphors that portray the directors’ cynicism of the American system. When Bulworth drinks alcohol in front of the media, he instantly captures the attention of the nation. This is a metaphor of how both Republicans and Democrats, along with big business manage to exploit the media and systemically hypnotize the American people. “Everyone knows that big business dominates the two principal parties and the mass media, that things are wretched for masses of people, that race is a diversion, that social inequality is the central issue in American life?” (Walsh:

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