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.
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
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)
Springs the ambush about three quarters in when Jane Fonda shows up as Nancy Reagan. It was all so well disguised till that point (even Oprah was reasonable), I thought at first maybe Fonda had finally mellowed. But the over-the-top propaganda started building then to a crescendo--including Alan Rickman portraying Reagan as a slow-speaking, dim-witted, racist simpleton. As bad as the Obama pandering was, the most unforgivable part was portraying Johnson as a joke instead of the worst President in our history, including Obama--provided he doesn't double down on Johnson in the next three years.
Those who accuse libertarians of over emphasizing or manufacturing the political aspects film, an accusation which has something of a basis in Truth, albeit not with the judgmentally negative tone, have no reasonable claim that this review is digging for sewage here. It's the worst I've seen since "Bulworth", and worse even than the 2004 redo of "The Manchurian Candidate", turning as it did the original on its head. These make Al Gore and Michael Moore look like pikers.
This would have been a much better review if they'd cut that last half-hour off or at least cleaned it up.
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