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Jessica Chastain emerged nearly a decade ago with a bevy of roles in major Oscar films like The Tree of Life and The Help and immediately cemented her place as a performer destined for Oscar. After a second nomination for Zero Dark Thirty, her roles after have all garnered some Oscar talk including John Madden’s Miss Sloane. Starring Chastain as the titular lobbyist waging war with the gun rally with a few dirty tricks up her sleeve, this one ultimately couldn’t catch a late break in a very competitive Best Actress year.

This week, Kevin O’Keeffe joins us in Chastandom to talk about the film’s fun (if sometimes bonkers) depiction of Washington politicking including Nutella taxation and male prostitutes named Forde played by Jake Lacy. The film may not have registered with Oscar but it remains both an earnest and ironic delight. We also discuss the influence of Aaron Sorkin and Molly’s Game adjacencies, how Chastain’s nominated performance for The Help is unlike her other work, and the last film we all three saw before the 2016 election.

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