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"CHAPPAQUIDDICK"
(2018) (Jason Clarke, Ed Helms) (PG-13)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A U.S. Senator with presidential aspirations and those in his immediate circle must contend with him having left the scene of a fatal, single-car accident where he was the driver.
PLOT:
It's 1969 and Teddy Kennedy (JASON CLARKE) is the last surviving son of Joseph Kennedy (BRUCE DERN), what with having lost one brother in WWII and two others to assassins' bullets. Having taken over his late brother's Senate seat in Massachusetts and then winning his reelection bid, there's talk of him possibly running for President. That's certainly on the minds of those who gather with him to party in Chappaquiddick. They include his cousin and former chairman of Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign, Joseph Gargan (ED HELMS); United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Paul Markham (JIM GAFFIGAN); and Mary Jo Kopechne (KATE MARA), her friend, Rachel (OLIVIA THIRLBY), and other women who worked as "boiler room girls" campaign aides for Bobby.

While intoxicated, Teddy takes Mary Jo out for a ride at night and ends up accidentally driving off the Dike bridge and into the Poucha Pond inlet. He manages to get out, but she does not, and when Joseph and Paul return to the scene, they're unable to get into the car and thus tell Teddy he must inform the authorities. But Teddy doesn't do that until the following morning after a deceased Mary Jo has been pulled from the watery wreckage and Edgartown Police Chief Dominick Arena (JOHN FIORE) is already on the case.

Accepting a written statement from Teddy, Arena thinks the case is closed, but as word starts to get out especially as related to Teddy not immediately reporting the incident, the political machinery begins churning to save Teddy's political career. That includes bringing in former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (CLANCY BROWN), presidential advisor Ted Sorensen (TAYLOR NICHOLS) and others who try to manipulate and spin the facts in Teddy's favor, all while the politician grapples with his guilt, unfavorable view in his father's eyes, and his future.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens into politics might show some interest, but beyond that and anyone being fans of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking.


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