Even from the point-of-view of an old lefty such at this film writer, Running With Arnold represents not much more than a left-wing hatchet job on the titular Arnold (aka, the Gubernator), at whom documentarian Dan Cox aggregates a litany of charges and "revelations" about the former movie star-turned-governor of the great state of Cal-E-fornia.
Not that most, if not all, of the accusations (none of which we will specifically mention here) about Arnold Schwarzenegger—from his days as the world's greatest body builder to the antics of his early and long-lived stardom to his winning recall run against former Governor Gray Davis—aren’t true. There is simply nothing revelatory about any of it, however salacious. This is all old news and consequently not particularly interesting.
And worse, none of it mattered on election day. What might have been interesting is a simple examination of the events and "spins" in play during that historic recall election, much of which is covered in the film, although without what some may consider the requisite objectivity for a film that is at least ostensibly a documentary.
Distributor: Red Envelope
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director/Screenwriter: Dan Cox
Producers: Mike Gabrawy, Dan Cox and Jennifer Hughes
Running time: 72 min
Release date: January 11, 2008 LA/SF