"Our love needs a transfusion, so let's shoot it full of wine!"Wang Jianwei/ChinaFotoPress/ZUMA Press
41, a new film about former President George H.W. Bush, takes a slurp-and-nuzzle approach to the political documentary.
The documentary—premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on HBO—two days after the ex-prez celebrated his 88th birthday—is a hideously fawning look at the man and his career. (This might have had something to do with the fact that the film was executive-produced by Jerry Weintraub, a Hollywood Walk-of-Famer with close ties to the Bush family.)
With a career in public service as rich and controversial as that of Bush, any competent documentarian would have more than enough to drool over. Where to begin? Iran-Contra, perhaps? The brutal campaign blitzes engineered by Lee Atwater, maybe? Operation Just Cause?
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