Robin Williams in the film Man of the year (2006)

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Man of the year is a political comedy drama that features many stars in the film industry, among them Robin Williams alias Tom Dobbs. In the film, Robin William portrays a host of a satirical political/comedy talk show based on the real life f persona Jon Stewart. He prompts four million people to send email support and he decides to run for president as an independent candidate. Initially he is not serious with the presidency but he decides to go for it.
Eleanor Green (Laura Linney) works for a voting company called Delacroy, which the entire United States will be using for the election. Shortly before the election, Eleanor points out an error with the voting machines but the head of the company ignores her warnings. Election day arrives and the polls show Dobbs at 17% with Kellogg and Mills tied at the 40s, while early returns show Kellog beating Mills everywhere. Eleanor says that was the error. Suddenly Tom Dobbs wins the elections, but Eleanor remains unconvinced. She decides to reveal the computer error to the public but is attacked by the Delacroy agents at her home and is injected with a cocktail of drugs. Later she is hospitalized for drug abuse and she realizes nobody is going to believe her story due to her condition, but she decides to let Dobbs know.
On John Menken’s birthday, Eleanor impersonates a FBI agent to get into the party. She manages to attract Dobbs, the two dance together and he gives her his number. She can be able to tell Dobbs that he never won the election. Dobbs try to get back to her through Delacroy which gets the Delacroy’s officials suspicious. Finally, at the Thanksgiving Dinner for Dobbs, Eleanor manages to tell him that he is not the president elect. Dobbs tells her to break the news in a major speech but the Delacroy denies it and instead blames Eleanor for trying to throw an election for Dobbs. Fear is instilled into her and she flees to a mall from her hotel room where she fears the Delacroy agent might break in and confiscate her computer, the only evidence she had, which is soon confirmed.
At the mall, desperate Eleanor is found by a Delacroy agent but she manages to escape. She goes to a payphone to call Dobbs. A Delacroy agent’s car crashes the telephone booth but she manages to escape though injured and is hospitalize for the second time. Later Dobbs announces that the election were flawed and that he should not be the president. He later settles back for his TV show and marries Eleanor who becomes his producer.
In the film, public relation is portrayed negatively. The Delacroy tries to kill Eleanor so that they can still hold their respectable reputation. They are determined to do anything to uphold their reputation despite ignoring the warning earlier given out by Eleanor. The film shows how the media and the public is vulnerable to lies that can last. Delacroy defends their reputation in the worst way and they finally end up losing their good reputation.
We sure lost one of the best stars in the film industry and he will be a legend to us all. All his movies and comedy left everyone I stitches and we also learnt something out of them. We all wish he could have live longer and make us laugh some more but fate has a way of finding someone, he left us. We shall always miss him! May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

The best PR movies to watch

Best PR movies to watch
Working in a PR firm as a fresh graduate is tricky. You think you know all about Public Relation when the truth is that you don’t. Once you find out that you know little about PR, you start looking for materials to read so that you can improve your skills and become an expert. That is why it is Public Relations. You have to keep reading about the current situations and be on the know to be a PR practitioner since the world is transforming day by day. It is about learning, learning and nothing else but learning. Now, you can learn about Public Relations through a more interesting way than reading books; watching movies. Below are some of the movies PR practitioners should probably watch;
1. Wag the Dog (1997)
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The movie which starred Dustin Hoffman & Robert De Niro is focused upon a Washington political consultant/PR pro. The movie portrays PR in a negative light. It shows how vulnerable the media and the public are. In the movie, Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) is referred to as Mr. Fix-it. This speaks to his expertise in handling (fixing) crisis situations. This movie also showcases how powerful entities (government, big business) use their resources to achieve their almost sinister objectives. The movie also brings to light the general attitude of disdain the industry has towards the public. It is clear in the movie that, while the industry is concerned about public opinion, it knows well that the public is gullible and can easily be manipulated through the media.

2. Thank you for smoking
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Nick Naylor, a lobbyist and spokesperson for big tobacco companies, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and manufacturers, taking on those who wish to ban smoking. Nick begins a public relations offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV shows and hiring a Hollywood agent to promote smoking in movies. It describes the process of generating effective publicity as a series of well-tailored arguments that aren’t necessarily even relevant to the matter at hand, but rather meant to shift the focus off of the main concerns. The movie ends with a great quote “Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk. Everybody has a talent.”

3. The candidate
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A charming movie about how a PR pro can create a candidate out of very little material. It’s the quintessential story of how Public Relations can spin truth and shows the power of the industry – for good and for bad. Film about the election campaign of a candidate for the Senate, serving as a pretext to show the inner workings of American politics and political marketing.

4. The Queen
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This film outlines the political events that occurred after the death of Princess Diana. It focuses primarily on discussions between Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair to reach an agreement on the popular request for a period of national mourning and about the public reactions to the silence of the royal family.

5. Nixon(1995)
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This movie represents another movie where PR and politics merge. Anthony Hopkins takes the lead role in this biographical movie of President Richard Nixon, who shows his skills as a political operator by seizing the opportunity provided by the backlash against the antiwar movement to take the presidency in 1968.

6.‘Man of the Year‘ (2006) with Robin Williams
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This movie could be an example of a political election media campaign. An extraordinary candidate completely ruins the stereotype of politicians being serious. He avoids boring speeches and transforms his debates into a funny TV show. Female viewers will be pleased to follow the romantic love story as a bonus.

7. Chicago
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A talented PR manager can be easily identified in the character of the advocate played by Richard Gere.

8. Jerry Maguire
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What list of PR movies could be complete without this classic Tom Cruise flick? From the immortal “Show Me the Money” lines to the disputes with other agents trying to steal his clients, his hard work for his clients and pushing them on marketing, there are many transferable skills from this movie for those of us in PR – and it’s a great one.

9. Primary Colors
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This movie is about political PR consultants helping candidates on their path in politics. From cover-ups in media to spin, handling emergency PR situations it’s enjoyable, entertaining and educational.

10. The Social Network
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Public Relations today of course includes digital media, and if we believe the movie, Public Relations via the Harvard newspaper enabled students to first learn about their new social media platform – and that’s where all the fun began – and continued with negatively planted stories. It tells a great business story – and encompasses both digital media and more traditional public relations stories.

NB: The article is based on research conducted from several websites such as Studymode.com, Business insider and Action pr group.