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Obama, Romney and Tom Hanks in SNL's Debate

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens October 21, 2012 at 9:46AM

Were all the “binders full of women” jokes used up? SNL’s debate sketch ignored the most popular satirical target from the last Presidential debate, focusing instead on the candidates' pugnacious attitudes, with the added attraction of Tagg Romney promising to punch the President.
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Hanks SNL Debate

Were all the “binders full of women” jokes used up? SNL’s debate sketch ignored the most popular satirical target from the last Presidential debate, focusing instead on the candidates' pugnacious attitudes, with the added attraction of Tagg Romney promising to punch the President.

SNL’s richest targets were the Town Hall debate's ordinary-citizen questioners, one of them played by Tom Hanks in the sketch’s highlight. His surprise appearance might have been the most low-key way to plug a film ever; a real commercial for Hanks’ Cloud Atlas appeared during the show too. But maybe that makes sense for a film whose style is built on obscurity.

This article is related to: Tom Hanks, SNL debate sketch, Saturday Night Live, Cloud Atlas, Television, Barack Obama, Jason Sudeikis, Mitt Romney, Jay Pharoah, Television, Tagg Romney, binders full of women, Presidential debate

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