The Public (2019)
Critic Consensus: Its intentions are sometimes easier to appreciate than its execution, but The Public remains an earnest and reasonably engaging social advocacy drama.
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It's hard to play a good man doing the right thing. Saints are dramatically dull, but Estevez gets away with it here.
Estevez's drama gets a little preachy in the second half, but "The Public" is passionate about its cause and the cast... deliver like the pros they are.
Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Slater and Gabrielle Union all look like they'd rather be somewhere else.
Writer-director-star Emilio Estevez turns a library occupied by homeless citizens as ground zero for our under-fire democracy. Bravo!
The problem is, there's only just enough story to go round. You can hear the creak as both characters and subplots get jacked up out of proportion.
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