(2016) (Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: The First Lady must contend with the immediate aftermath of the assassination of her husband, President Kennedy.
- It's a week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (CASPAR PHILLIPSON) and his widow and former First Lady, Jackie (NATALIE PORTMAN), has granted a reporter (BILLY CRUDUP) an interview with her at her Hyannis Port home. She's initially guarded with what she says, but finally opens up to him about the event and her time in the White House before that, including her famous tour of the White House to TV viewers from the year before.
As the film moves back and forth between that and the present, we also see her interaction with her brother-in-law, Bobby Kennedy (PETER SARSGAARD), immediately after the assassination and then over the course of several days. That includes preparing to move out of the White House so that newly sworn in President Lyndon B Johnson (JOHN CARROLL LYNCH) and his wife, Lady Bird (BETH GRANT), can move in, with Johnson's right-hand man, Jack Valenti (MAX CASELLA), being concerned about Jackie's safety and that of others what with her desire to have a grand public send-off for her late husband. And inter-cut with all of that are her talks with a priest (JOHN HURT) as she discusses her grief, fears and lost faith in God.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The Oscar buzz about Portman's performance might draw some teenage viewers, but unless one's otherwise a fan of someone in the cast or is drawn by the historical perspective, it doesn't seem too likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For brief strong violence and some language.
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