The Undefeated debuts strong


Sarah Palin film to get wider release

The producers of the pro-Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” say they are following up a better-than-expected opening weekend with plans to expand to more cities soon.

Details weren’t yet available Monday, but the movie’s distributor, ARC Entertainment, said the film would be “going to a wider release footprint later this month.”

The film opened in 10 mid-sized cities Friday and grossed about $70,000 for the weekend for a per-screen average of about $5,000, the distributor reported. Based on average U.S. ticket prices, that works out to a very rough estimate of less than 9,000 people paying to see “The Undefeated” in its first weekend.

Though the movie was panned by professional critics, audiences had a more positive reaction. In four markets — Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver and Indianapolis — the film was moved to a bigger room to accommodate crowds, and several showings were sold out, the distributor said.

The blogosphere was raging with debate over whether the movie’s opening weekend constituted a spectacular, a mediocre or a dismal showing. One independent film analyst told POLITICO that for a little-advertised documentary with a very limited release, “The Undefeated” did quite well.

Compare this to the doofus from The Atlantic who showed up at an unadvertised midnight showing last Thursday night and wrote an article claiming the movie was a bust because the theater was empty.

I doubt this movie will be a huge blockbuster – it’s a documentary, not a Harry Potter adventure. It’s not the kind of movie that teenagers want to see. It’s educational.

I also doubt that many Palin haters will ever see it either – their minds are made up and they don’t want to be confused by the facts. But not everyone is a hater.

I have yet to see anyone attempt to “debunk” this movie. I wonder why that is?

Meanwhile, another doofus heard from:

Now, I’m not saying that sexism doesn’t exist and isn’t real. And we can’t, but we can’t throw around the word “sexist” just to stop people like me from pointing out that Michele Bachmann, now running second for the Republican presidential nomination, isn’t a dangerous nincompoop. And when I point out that Sarah Palin is a vainglorious braggart, a liar, a whiner, a professional victim, a scold, a know-it-all, a chiseler, a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp, and the leader of a strange family of inbred weirdos straight out of “The Hills Have Eyes,” that’s not sexist. I’m saying it because it’s true, not because it’s true of a woman.

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45 Responses to The Undefeated debuts strong

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Mark Judge:

    These comments reveal not only the psychiatric disorders of those who say them, but also the speakers’ realization of the virtue of those whom they attack. Secretly, the narcissistic attacker covets that which he claims to destroy. Eminem raps about having sex with Sarah Palin; hack journalist Matt Taibbi snarkily anticipates the porn movies based on Michele Bachmann; Keith Olbermann calls Michelle Malkin “a mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.” But it is impossible to separate the act of sex from the love that the act generates. Even in the hottest, most casual encounter, there is tenderness, acceptance, the view of the other as a healer — and as good. And, of course, there is God. Like grief, sex puts us in a place where we can be with God. That’s why it is so despicable to violate that space with the profane. And it’s why conservatives, who tend to be more religious, don’t go there. Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Naomi Wolf and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez are plenty hot. But we don’t respond to their positions by calling them twats (Maher on Palin) or encouraging rape.

    Personally, I’ve never wanted to “anger fuck” anyone.

  2. JeanLouise says:

    Maher is smarting because a number of people have pointed out his deeply ingrained misogyny lately. I’ve watched him since the “Politically Incorrect” days and I still watch him regularly. He has, without exception, made a nasty joke about Sarah Palin on EVERY episode of his HBO show since John McCain announced her as his VP pick. I’ve made a game of predicting how far he will get into his monologue before he brings up Palin’s name. Whether she’s in the news or not, Maher ridicules her. He’s obsessed with her. He talks about her more than he talks about Obama.

    Maher loathes women that he can’t control even while he’s lusting after them. Palin rings all of his bells and rant though he may, it’s obvious to anyone who’s paying attention that she makes him feel like a twelve-year-old boy who’s ragged copy of Playboy was taken away by his mother.

    • WMCB says:

      it’s obvious to anyone who’s paying attention that she makes him feel like a twelve-year-old boy who’s ragged copy of Playboy was taken away by his mother.

      Ohhh, dead on!

    • ralphb says:

      +1000 Honk!

    • Three Wickets says:

      Maher sure has become one sick human being. Only thing that interests me about his show these days is who thinks it’s okay to go on as a guest.

  3. Dario says:

    It’s great to see that the SP movie is doing well. Most people only what the media has spewed. I’m looking forward to watching it at the theater, but if it doesn’t come to a theater near my home, then I’ll buy the DVD and give it away once I’m done with it.

    • Dario says:

      Most people only know…

    • Pips says:

      While I’m neither pro nor anti Palin and have tried to “avoid” her since the GE (I really liked what she brought to the campaign in 2008 though) the battles fought over her are difficult to avoid – some are actually quite entertaining. Take Jeralyn, who victoriously puts up a post about the “not a single person” in the movie theater. (Her obsession with Palin is not sound. Seriously.) And then all the commenters – and I mean all! Is that a prerequisite to become a commenter? – join in the sneering and ridiculing of Palin. One commenter resists and instead cites from and puts up this link More on The Undefeated’s Strong Attendance and Better-Than-Expected Box Office Grosses.

      Wonder if that commenter will soon see himself banned from commenting, heh.

  4. glennmcgahee says:

    where do we find the movie’s schedule? Pardon my lack of twitter and Facebook knowledge. Plus, I only watch movies in my bedroom before sleep. But I’ll attend and buy a ticket for this one.

  5. myiq2xu says:


    “If Pawlenty was deeply annoyed to have to talk about Bachmann, a back-bencher in the state Senate when he was elected governor in 2002, who could really blame him?”

    From “The Tragedy of Tim Pawlenty”:

    “Pawlenty has always been the establishment in Minnesota and Bachmann has always been the renegade,” says University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs. “Pawlenty thought that she was kind of a crackpot. He would roll his eyes when her name came up.” Democrat Roger Moe — the former longtime majority leader of the state Senate who lost the 2002 gubernatorial race to Pawlenty — describes his rival as “the kind of guy you can have a beer with” despite their political differences. But Moe cannot resist chuckling: “I can just tell you — I know for sure on the inside of him—that Tim Pawlenty is just seething over Bachmann. I bet they have to lock him in a room some days when he reads about her.”

    Those stray quotes could be complete garbage, or, if not garbage, totally about the 2 individuals Pawlenty and Bachmann, but I can’t help hearing the eternal theme of male reacting to female: The woman does not know her place. When she speaks, I hear crazy.

    • WMCB says:

      Man coming out of nowhere to grab the limelight = Inspiring! Meteoric rise! He must have something Special!

      Woman coming out of nowhere to grab the limelight = Who the fuck does that nobody think she is?!

      • crawdad says:

        Woman coming out of nowhere to grab the limelight = Who the fuck does that nobody think she is she fucking?!


        • WMCB says:

          Too true. Although they usually don’t go so far as saying that Bachmann and Palin are literally fucking anyone. They just say that they are dirty whores subliminally using their whorish sexuality to get votes.

          She wore red heels. The slut.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Palin and Bachmann have both been married to the same guy (1 each) for a couple decades, but they’re sluts.

          Go figure.

        • ralphb says:

          I’ve never been able to make sense of that argument against them.

    • JeanLouise says:

      When she speaks, I hear crazy, too, and it has nothing to do with her knowing her place. Of course, I hear crazy when I hear Pawlenty going on about privatizing any government service that can be googled or Cain blathering on about Muslims.

      But Bachmann is in a class of her own. God told her to marry a with whom she was not in love. She did it. Her husband told her to go to law school and to become a tax lawyer, neither of which she wanted to do but she did it because he told her to. She actually signed a pledge that favorably compared the state of black children today to their lives when they were enslaved. Michele Bachmann may not be the craziest person who’s run for POTUS but she comes damn close.

      • WMCB says:

        I hear some crazy from Bachmann too, but the point is that Pawlenty shouldn’t – he ostensibly agrees with her on most things. So whence his distaste and eye-rolling?

      • Dario says:

        I guess I should have put “snark” because it wasn’t obvious.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        So what? People do dumb shit when they’re young. Obama did coke and hung out with suspicious Pakistanis, inarguably more insane at the time than marrying someone you’re not in love with. Bill Clinton has spent his entire life sticking his dick in anything that smells like tuna, which is more insane than going to law school because your spouse thinks it’s a good idea. As for the pledge, who cares? We all know where she stands on social issues.

        She is not any more strange than 75% of the batshit crazy folks in Washington for the last 40 years at least, so singling her out because you think she’s insane suggests more about you than it does about her. Disagree with her all you like, don’t vote for her, but stop calling her crazy. She’s not crazy. Calling women crazy is sexist, period, unless they have an actual diagnosis. Even then it’s offensive as hell.

        And I say that because I like you, JeanLouise. I want to take you seriously. I can’t as long as you’re calling women crazy.

  6. ralphb says:

    OK, it’s over now. We can all go home.

    Buddy Roemer will formally announce his presidential campaign Thursday from New Hampshire.

    Well, maybe it won’f end after all.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I guess you did catch it.

    • Dario says:

      A few excerpts from Wikipedia


      Roemer entered the governor’s office in January 1988 facing a $1.3 billion deficit in the state budget.

      Roemer called a special session of the legislature to push an ambitious tax and fiscal reform program for state and local governments. He vowed to slash spending, abolish programs, and close state-run institutions. Voters rejected his proposals in a statewide constitutional referendum.
      As governor, Roemer worked to boost lagging teacher pay and toughened laws on campaign finance. State employees and retirees received small pay increases too, the first in many years of austere state budgets. Roemer was also the first governor in state history to make a real effort to address environmental deficiencies. The legislature, dominated by supporters of Edwards, repeatedly opposed Roemer’s initiatives. Roemer also acquired a reputation for being difficult to work with, something he had been frequently accused of as a member of the House as well.
      In 1990, Roemer vetoed a pro-life bill authored by Democratic Senator Mike Cross

      One of the contributing factors to Roemer’s defeat in the 1991 runoff election was a last-minute advertising barrage by Marine Shale owner Jack Kent. Marine Shale had been targeted by the Roemer administration as a polluter. Kent spent $500,000 of his own money in the closing days of the campaign to purchase anti-Roemer commercials.

  7. ralphb says:

    ‘Eunuchs’: Did Anyone Notice Bill Maher Trashing Sarah Palin’s Children as ‘Family of Inbred Weirdos’?

    From everything I’ve read, the only factor remaining in Governor Palin’s decision-making process about a 2012 presidential run is the impact the campaign would have on her family

    You’d probably hear more from our side if someone had launched a similar attack on Barack Obama’s family.

    In “The Undefeated,” Andrew Breitbart famously and perfectly labels a Republican establishment — that has for years refused to defend Palin against the most vile attacks, as “eunuchs.” This refusal is mainly due to the fact that they want her destroyed. They’re all well aware of what she did to Alaska’s corrupt, fat, and lazy good ole’ boys’ club and for that reason a “President Palin” terrifies them (and should).

    But what’s most troubling is how too many on our side mostly ignore these constant attacks on Governor Palin’s family — especially her children.

    This isn’t just unchivalrous, it’s an act of depraved indifference.

  8. Lola-at-Large says:

    I had to sacrifice my attendance at the Indianapolis premier because I could only afford two movie tickets, and that money went to get my daughter and her friend in to see Harry Potter. But I am going this week.

  9. 1539days says:

    The Undefeated had a per screen average of $6,500 which is equal to all but the top movie this weekend. Limiting to 10 screens helps, but it also leaves room for expansion. Some of those “theaters” were only about 25 seats.

    As for the Atlantic reporter, I would like to congratulate him for his luck at using old school newspaper listings to find a shwing of the Undefeated that had no internet pre-order in a theater that was probably the size of a closet on a Thursday night. He’s a really good movie goer and a terrible interviewer.

    Isn’t it funny how when Glenn Beck loses 10% of his audience or a Sarah Palin documentary only makes $65,000 in limited release it’s some kind of failure, but when Fox beats the living crap out of MSNBC, CNN and Current TV in the ratings night after night, it doesn’t mean anything?

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