John Travolta and Emma Thompson paint the town in "Primary Colors" (1998). Based on the novel by Anonymous (discovered to be reporter Joe Klein), and released when the nation was in the full throes of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, this thinly disguised Clinton-era comedy of errors was directed by Mike Nichols with a screenplay from his longtime comedy partner Elaine May. Travolta stars as a philandering presidential hopeful whose campaign planners grapple with their consciences as they deal with their candidate's alleged bedroom antics with an underaged girl, as well as with information that could bury his rival for the nomination. A tongue-in-cheek study of how idealism dissolves in the waters of the political shark tank. Also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Maura Tierney, Adrian Lester, and Kathy Bates in an Oscar-nominated role.