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Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s party’s latest attempt to make a “Bachelor party” film has fallen short of expectations.
The “Party Pooper” documentary, which debuted last week, had a lackluster $1.1 million opening weekend and has been met with harsh criticism from conservatives and liberals alike.
“It’s not a ‘bachelor’ party movie.
It’s a political party movie,” GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.
“The premise is not true.
The premise is the same.
There are two party members.”
Mackowiak, who directed the 2012 “Party Down” documentary for Comedy Central, said Romney’s “party poopers” were all paid off by Democratic Party political operatives.
“We have a party pooper.
It is not the Republican Party,” Mackowik said.
“They are the Democrats.”
Romney’s film, which will air in full on March 13, is a politically themed movie with scenes of Romney and other Republican officials attending parties hosted by Democrats.
It also includes a brief discussion of the “Bachelorette” season and a segment featuring Mitt Romney and a former president.
The film is also notable for its lack of a single female Republican.
The filmmakers also cast a woman as Romney’s girlfriend, a move that has been criticized by some conservatives.
“This film is just another in a long line of ‘bachelorettes’ and ‘bimbo eruptions’ that have been part of the Republican playbook for a long time,” said former Florida Rep. Connie Mack, a Trump critic who has also criticized the film.
Mack, who is now a columnist for the right-leaning blog The Federalist, also blasted Romney’s decision to cast two female co-stars in the film.
“If you want a Republican to be president, it’s hard to find a more conservative candidate than Mitt Romney,” she said.
“Romney has spent the last two years telling voters that the party is full of ‘women who don’t have any skills’ and they need to ‘work harder,’ ” Mackowiksaid.
“This film fails on all counts.”
Romney also criticized a video posted by the Democratic Party of Texas, which showed Romney holding up a sign that read “Vote Republican.”
The film, released in September, features no Romney ads, and it was widely mocked for its misspelling of the phrase.
The Democratic Party said in a statement that the video was not approved by Romney’s campaign.
The Romney campaign also accused the film’s producers of using an anti-Romney video, and said the film was not a parody of the Romney campaign.
“It was not made to mock Romney’s views or his campaign, but instead to attack the Republican establishment and the Republican leadership,” a Romney campaign spokesperson said in an email to ABC News.
“While we are disappointed with the film, we are confident it will be viewed with critical and skeptical eyes by the millions of voters who are voting this November.”
Romney and the GOP also announced that they had pulled out of a series of Republican Party fundraisers, including a $5,000-a-head fundraiser for former president Barack Obama.
The GOP also said they were pulling out of an event in New York City.
Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, called Romney’s move “disgusting” and a “distasteful and shameful display of his contempt for the American people.”
“I have been a strong supporter of the American party and Republican candidates, and I stand behind Mitt Romney for President,” McConnell said in statement.
“I will not allow him to bully the American voter, or any American, by attacking our campaign, our voters or the Republican nominee.
This will not stand.”ABC News’ Robert Barnes contributed to this report.