It’s not imperative to align with a film’s political perspective to enjoy it, but it should at least present a moral backbone strong enough to understand it. That’s the main issue with Jay Roach’s Bombshell, a film that begs its audience to champion the famously (and sometimes self-identified) anti-feminist women of Fox News as misunderstood feminist heroes without ever trying to bridge that gap in a substantial way. Following the explosive takedown of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes amidst allegations of serial sexual harassment, Bombshell fumbles its goal of humanizing Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) by coddling their glaringly harmful ideologies. A glimmer of resistance comes in the form of the film’s fictional staffers: the doe-eyed and ambitious Kayla (Margot Robbie) and the closeted lesbian Democrat Jess (Kate McKinnon). But critiques of the establishment are few and far between, and rarely have a stake in the film’s larger narrative. Instead, any sense of nuance or introspection that could exist in Bombshell is replaced with a self-righteous framework that refuses to be questioned.