(2017) (Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A longtime politician strives to be elected President of the U.S. and must then contend with being suddenly thrust into that position following an assassination.
- As the story jumps around from 1959 to 1963, we follow the path of politician Lyndon B. Johnson (WOODY HARRELSON) as he attempts -- with his wife, Lady Bird (JENNIFER JASON LEIGH), by his side -- to move from Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate to being the Democratic nominee for the 1960 Presidential election. But he must contend with frontrunner John F. Kennedy (JEFFREY DONOVAN) and not being liked by that man's Attorney General brother, Robert F. Kennedy (MICHAEL STAHL-DAVID), who sees Johnson as a relic from the past. That's unlike Senator Russell (RICHARD JENKINS) from the South who wants the past to remain as the present and is vehemently against the Civil Rights movement the Kennedys fully support and are trying to turn into law.
When Kennedy wins the primary and selects Johnson as his running mate and that ticket wins the general election, Lyndon must contend with his diminished role in politics as the Vice-President. With RFK's friend Kenny O'Donnell (MICHAEL MOSLEY) serving as the liaison between JFK and Johnson, Lyndon attempts to leverage his experience and connections on Capitol Hill to his advantage and thus make himself relevant as the battle for Civil Rights heats up. But when the president is assassinated, he must contend with suddenly being thrust into the position of the most powerful man in the world.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those into political history might be interested, as might fans of anyone who's in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language.
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