Friday A/V Club: The Contested Convention You Were Promised

Robert Altman's spoof of political conventions


Since we're squeezed between two political conventions this weekend, I thought I'd post HealtH, a Robert Altman satire from 1980 that has yet to get a proper home-video release. The film is about the backroom machinations at a health-food convention, where a group called "Happiness, Energy, and Longevity Through Health" is selecting a new president. It's uneven but enjoyable in that sprawling Altman way—or at least I think it's enjoyable. Ronald Reagan once called it "the world's worst movie."

(For past editions of the Friday A/V Club, go here. For another Altman rarity, go here.)