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One Minute Movie Review: ‘The Butler’

"The Butler" is a historical drama inspired by the real-life account of Eugene Allen, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler.

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THE BUTLER

Main Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey
Supporting Cast: John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Robin Williams, Nelsan Ellis, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber
Director: Lee Daniels
Genre: Drama, Period
Released by: Reality Multimedia
MTRCB Rating: PG-13
Opening Date: August 21, 2013

Movie Info: The film tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more. Academy Award (R) nominated Lee Daniels (“Precious”) directs and co-wrote the script with Emmy (R)-award winning Danny Strong (“Game Change”). –Weinstein

The Positive: Unlike Gary Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Day,” “The Butler” is a star-studded film that works. Lee Daniels’ solid story-telling of a family during the civil rights movement in the US and 30 years of White House history is compelling and engaging.

Forest Whitaker shines throughout the movie. Oprah Winfrey surprises.

The Negative: If not for the uneven screenplay, this film could have been an early front-runner to the 2014 Oscars. But we might see Whitaker in the Best Actor race.

Memorable Line: “We have no tolerance for politics here at the White House.”

Tag Line: “One quiet voice can ignite a revolution.”

Quality: 4.5 stars
Entertainment: 3 stars

STARMOMETER SCORE: 7.5/10

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