Fair Game

Published August 15, 2011

Fair Game

Film info

  • Title Fair Game
  • Director Doug Liman
  • Year 2010
  • Run time 1hr 48m
  • Genres Drama, Thriller
  • Tagline Wife. Mother. Spy.

As the US prepares for war in Iraq, CIA agent Valerie Plame (Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts) gets into political crossfire due to her husband Joe (two times Academy Award® winner Sean Penn) and his public stand against the invasion. While involved in undercover operations in the field, Plame s secret status gets leaked by the White House as deterrent and punishment. With everyone out to get her, a grueling race against time and government begins to save her exposed contacts, her family and herself.

Background Info

I didn’t know of this movie, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know much of the story behind it either. I did a tiny bit of research before we started watching and thus learnt it was based on the books by the spy involved. We were sold on the trailer, though, it looked good.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:57 - Note to self: Knowing about sports can help with sales pitches.
6:15 - “Joe thinks Disneyland is Vegas for kids.”
7:40 - He seems a bit old for her, not that age means anything anyways.
11:02 - All I got from that is she has to head something up on Monday. I hope that is enough information to be going on with.
15:40 - It is very bright there. And ew, the water.
20:53 - If I did some work for the CIA, I’d want to feel 007ish too.
25:13 - The Chief of Staff’s name is Scooter?
28:28 - They have a big map on the wall. I used to like having a world map on the wall, but it was out of date before I’d finished hanging it.
31:11 - “Right now you’re making a lot of little decisions that lead to one big decision.”
39:54 - If this is what dinner parties are like, I’m glad we do not have very many of them.
45:08 - So many reports!
49:18 - It’s good when a film can use legitimate news coverage to help tell the story.
51:34 - Do they really do that propaganda stuff? Littering!
54:30 - Earlier she said that money was tight, but they seem to have a flipping big house!
1:00:09 - He’s far too smug for his own good.
1:02:36 - I have always wanted a yellow legal pad.
1:04:43 - I wonder if “It’s over” is the most used phrase in films.
1:05:14 - What do you do when you aren’t a spy anymore?
1:11:55 - I don’t know why she is shouting counter-proliferation at him.
1:17:30 - They say each other’s name a lot.
1:33:11 - Moving house a lot does make you tough. Mostly from all the packing.
1:39:19 - He’s quite good at the whole public speaking lark.
1:41:48 - Ending with the real speech is genius.


When this movie got going, it was brilliant. As soon as she was outed, it really got interesting. All the build up to that, though, I could barely understand let alone get involved in. I would have rather seen more of the aftermath and how they fought their way out, than the hour that was spent explaining the situation in the first place. I thought the acting by both Naomi Watts and Sean Penn was great, but their kids were really annoying, always chirruping on in the background.

Rating: 2/5

Rating: 2 / 5

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