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(2016) (Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard) (R)

At-A-Glace Content Summary

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

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.

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.
For brief strong violence and some language.

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