''Bulworth'' is a 1998 political satire film starring Creator/WarrenBeatty (who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay) and Creator/HalleBerry.

The story begins as the title character, Senator Bulworth of California, grows weary with his political career and failing marriage. He decides to end his life, taking out a ten million dollar life insurance policy so his daughter will remain well off, and hiring a hitman to kill him in two days' time. With nothing to lose, he spends his final hours telling the public how he really feels about them, smoking marijuana, dressing like a gangsta, and rapping about socialism.

With a new found purpose in life as the voice of the underclass, he begins to regret his decision to hire someone to kill him. Can he stay one step ahead of the assassin's bullet?

!!This work contains examples of:

* AngstComa: [[spoiler:Bulworth falls into one of these towards the end of the film]].
* BrutalHonesty: Bulworth himself, naturally.
* CharacterTitle
* CoolOldGuy
* DeadpanSnarker: Creator/AaronSorkin did uncredited work on the script, so naturally there are plenty of examples of this trope.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Bulworth finds out Nina was the assassin sent to kill him. [[HopeSpot But she refuses to fulfill the contract]], seeing up close that Bulworth could really make a difference if he lives. Just when Bulworth gets a good night's rest and wakes up clear-headed and ready to get back to campaigning for real, someone else shoots him.]]
* {{Gratuitous Rap}}: It is quite clear that Sen. Bulworth has not practiced his craft much.
** The rapping gets worse as Bulworth's insomnia does.
* HeroicBSOD: Bulworth. Halfway through the movie he's clearly insomniac and falling apart. But his breakdown is making him ''more'' popular (and depending on your political view, ''more'' sane).
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:When Bulworth finds out Nina won't kill him after all.]]
* HypocriticalHumor[=/=]KnewItAllAlong: Murphy has been upset about the way Bulworth has gone off message thanks to his HeroicBSOD until members of the media (including [[AsHimself Larry King]]) congratulate him on Bulworth's new strategy; Murphy immediately turns around and acts as if it was his plan all along.
* InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace: When Bulworth is on TV in brutal-honesty mode, he suggests that the U.S.A. should engage in "[[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction]]". Seeing the blank look on the interviewer's face, he re-phrases it more bluntly: "Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' each other 'til they're all the same color".
* IrrevocableOrder: The hitman Bulworth hires can't be called off.
* MayDecemberRomance: Bulworth (Beatty) falls hard for the much younger Nina (Berry), who seemingly brushes him off with a cutting remark about how old he ''really'' is. This is a bit of an InJoke regarding actor Beatty's notorious womanizing well into... well, when the movie was made.
* MeaningfulName: His bizarre acts of freestyling the hard, nasty truths of American politics make him ''worth the bull''shit of the current "status quo".
* {{Only Sane Man}}: In a way, Bulworth really ''is'' sane, as his breakdown allows him to speak truths he couldn't otherwise say in the current political climate. But it also applies to Bulworth's beleaguered campaign manager Murphy (Oliver Platt) who's trying to keep up with the increasing craziness surrounding him.
* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: A political example.
* RefugeInAudacity: The more Bulworth acts crazy, the more the public supports him. [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Dressing up gangsta]] [[NWordPrivileges and dropping the N-word everywhere]] makes him even more popular.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: After all that self-discovery and personal growth, [[spoiler: Bulworth is assassinated.]]
* SuicideByAssassin
* {{Suicide By Cop}}
* StrawmanPolitical
** Also StrawmanHasAPoint
* ThrowingOutTheScript: Bulworth gets visibly bored of his speech, then gives a very candid answer to an audience question and never stops.
* {{Vice City}}: Much of the third act takes place in South Central Los Angeles.
* {{Your Days Are Numbered}}: Putting out a hit on himself frees Sen. Bulworth to say what he really thinks.
-->''"You can't be no ghost, Bulworth, you gotta be a spirit."''