Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan's documentary attempts to rehabilitate Ralph Nader by opening on the offensive, giving his most vitriolic critics — including Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin and political journalists Eric Alterman and Morton Mintz of The Nation
— the first word. Make that "words": Egomaniac, smug, arrogant, deluded, pariah, self-aggrandizing, traitor to socially progressive ideals, spoiler
. Skrovan and Mantel, longtime friends and comedy professionals, seem unlikely defenders of Nader's legacy. But Mantel's 1970s stint as Nader's office manager gives her an insider's perspective, and their film is simultaneously a primer on ...