(2017) (Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: Facing potential legal ramifications, the owner, executive editor, investigative reporters and lawyers working for The Washington Post must decide whether to run a story featuring classified government papers related to the Vietnam War that could reveal U.S. government wrongdoing.
- It's 1971 and The Washington Post is struggling to get by financially. As a result, it's current owner, Kay Graham (MERYL STREEP), whose father and then late husband ran the paper before her, has decided to raise capital by taking the company public. With the help of chief corporate officer Fritz Beebe (TRACY LETTS) but despite naysayer board members such as Arthur Parsons (BRADLEY WHITFORD) who don't believe she's fit to run the company, Kay pushes forward, all while letting executive editor Ben Bradlee (TOM HANKS) run the day to day operations as he sees fit.
He's been wanting to make the paper more prominent and he thinks he might have the chance now that the U.S. government has banned the New York Times from running illegally obtained, top-secret government papers prepared by the Department of Defense examining the U.S. involvement in Vietnam over various presidential administrations. Upset by how Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (BRUCE GREENWOOD) has been lying to the press about the progress of the war when the DoD study has proven otherwise, United States military analyst Daniel Ellsberg (MATTHEW RHYS) stole thousands of pages of the report, and now that the Times has backed down, he's gotten them to Post assistant managing editor Ben Bagdikian (BOB ODENKIRK).
From that point on, Kay -- who's been good friends with McNamara for years -- and Ben must weigh the potential ramifications of running the papers in the Post, something that could turn the paper into a nationally renowned publication, but could also put it and everyone involved in the story and leaked materials in legal trouble.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens interested in the history behind this true-life event or those with a vested interest in freedom of the speech might be interested (as might fans of director Steven Spielberg or anyone in the cast).
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For language and brief war violence.
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