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Monica in Black and White (2002)



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3 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Untitled Monica Lewinsky Documentary  »

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very informative, overdramatic
7 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A documentary style account of how the affair between Lewinski and Clinton came about and ended with scandal. All along the way, peppered with a Q & A session between a group of students and Lewinski. The explanation of exactly what and how everything happened was there in the documentary. I did like that aspect of it since I never paid enough attention to it when it was going on. The Q & A session was not much more than Lewinski explaining how scared she was throughout the whole ordeal and how she felt betrayed by Tripp, etc, etc. As much as I hate to say it, it pretty much came across as not much more than an appeal for sympathy on Lewinski's part. Neither the questions nor the answers to any of them provided anything of interest, with the exception of one young lady who happened to be a former high school classmate of Lewinski.

As a result of it, I pretty much found every player in the whole affair to be pretty pathetic. Clinton, needless to say, was (and likely still is) a pig regarding the whole thing. He undoubtedly, being in his position at the time, should have assumed 99% of the responsibility. He's the president, married, and has a daughter, and decided to carry on an affair with a 22 year old intern. Not very bright. Lewinsky doesn't come across as too bright either. I remember one instance where she was recalling Tripp pressuring her for information and Monica replying with something along the lines of "and I never even told her I thought the President was cute!" Monica is 28 years old now, but oddly sounds like a bantering junior in high school. She was no doubt the victim of circumstance in both affairs mentioned, but in any case, she was a willing adult at both times and must ultimitely look within herself for her portion of responsibility.

Her former high school teacher, Andy something, whom she had an affair with for five years beginning when she was 19, hands down, wins the jackass award. The documentary shows footage of "Andy" and his dimwitted wife in front of their house explaining to the press how he couldn't hold it in any longer and the world needed to know what kind of a person Lewinski was. He told everyone of a letter of support he had recieied, signed by all his students. The wife praised everyone for all the calls of support she received from people "she doesn't even know!". I had to check the channel to make sure I was still watching the same program. I thought this guy had been kidnapped by terrorists, or possibly overcome amazing odds against some terminal illness. Then it hit me, these were the two dumbest people on earth, sharing their stupidity with the rest of us. Andy, you cheated on your wife for five years. Nothing "happened" to you. You took advantage of your position as a teacher and used it to manipulate the mind of a young woman, and at the same time, cheat on your wife. And Mrs. Andy, please get a clue. You are married to a jackass with high potential for pedophilia.

Linda Tripp came across as a close contender for the jackass award. I had no idea her role until the documentary explained it.

In the end, I felt well informed, felt sorry for no one and have become very aware that both the left and the right can be equally ruthless in judgement (perfectly exemplified by Michael Moore on Politically Incorrect bantering "isn't she the one who said.. I'm going to get my presidential kneepads?!").

All in all, definitely worth watching if you don't know the story.

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