'Irresistible': Steve Carrell and Rose Byrne comedy sees showdown for mayor's office in swing state Wisconsin

The animosity between Gary and Faith takes center stage in this political comedy directed by Jon Stewart, where politics seems to take a backseat


                            'Irresistible': Steve Carrell and Rose Byrne comedy sees showdown for mayor's office in swing state Wisconsin
Rose Byrne and Steve Carrell (Focus Features)

'Irresistible', the upcoming political comedy starring Steve Carrell and Rose Byrne in lead roles, is a story about a powerful Democrat strategist, Gary Zimmer, attempting to rebrand the campaign's message to increase the political party's influence in rural America. He uses the video of a retired Marine colonel Jack Hastings standing up for the rights of his town's undocumented workers to convince members of the campaign that they must use this man from Deerlaken, Wisconsin, to their advantage and run a campaign that would connect with not only the urban population in the country but also the rural section of people as well. 

Jack Hastings, however, has no interest in politics and he is a farm owner who only spoke up for the undocumented workers because it was the right thing to do. Gary arrives at Deerlaken to convince Jack to give running for mayor a try. Gary truly believes that Colonel Jack Hastings is the key to make a statement in the swing state of Wisconsin. While Jack might not know the important role that he plays in Gary's plan, he will soon find out. 

Once Gary arrives at Deerlaken he faces many problems, of which the biggest is his disconnect with people who live at a place such as Deerlaken. The life on the farm is sure to get to Gary as he tries his best to help Jack once he decides to run for mayor, from struggling to deal with setting up interviews with cows mooing in the backdrop to convincing Jack that he really does have what it takes to be Mayor of Deerlaken. 

Even as Gary deals with obstacles on Jack's side, he finds out that his nemesis Faith Brewster has also arrived at Deerlaken, representing the Republican National Committee. What was expected to be a simple local race becomes much more than that with her entry and the fight becomes a nasty race to the top. From airing dirty laundry on national television to lying about where they come from, there is no line that Gary or Faith seems worried about crossing. 

Why is Faith at Deerlaken? Gary wonders the same and Faith responds that she is just excited to see him struggle and lose. The animosity between Gary and Faith takes center stage in this political comedy, where politics seems to take a backseat. 

The film also stars Mackenzie Davis as Diana Hastings, John's daughter, and she is also expected to play an important in the film. The trailer features a scene of Diana and Gary meeting for the first time and is hilarious because she has her hand up a cow's behind, possibly part of some farm chore and Gary cannot comprehend the situation. When he learns that this woman is John's daughter, he is further perplexed. 

'Irresistible' will be available on VOD from June 26. 

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