As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
Cecil Gaines was a sharecropper's son who grew up in the 1920s as a domestic servant for the white family who casually destroyed his. Eventually striking out on his own, Cecil becomes a hotel valet of such efficiency and discreteness in the 1950s that he becomes a butler in the White House itself. There, Cecil would serve numerous US Presidents over the decades as a passive witness of history with the American Civil Rights Movement gaining momentum even as his family has troubles of its own. As his wife, Gloria, struggles with her addictions and his defiant eldest son, Louis, strives for a just world, Cecil must decide whether he should take action in his own way. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The story sounded so promising and had such a potential, so I was really surprised by how mediocre this movie was. What it mainly lacks is soul. None of the many historical events felt something. All fell flat. I didn't even care about the "Butler"'s personal story. And the acting was bad. Bad. Even for the standards of Mr. Whitaker. Everyone's acting was worse than a daily soap extra. I blame the Director for this.
The casting of the presidents was also an epic failure. Cusak as Nixon? Only Alan Rickman seemed like a good choice for R.Reagan.
what a wasted opportunity...
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