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Rated PG-13 · 132 min. · 2013

Drama


< br />Director Lee Daniels continues fighting for the title of worst working filmmaker with his latest, the subtly titled Lee Daniels' The Butler. Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, a man who witnessed the atrocities of the segregated South in the early 20th century only to find himself serving as a butler to eight consecutive Presidents. Daniels attempts to shoehorn every civil rights moment to happen in America over the past 80 years into this two-plus hour epic, but ends up with a film that weakly mirrors Forrest Gump. Whitaker and costar Oprah Winfrey (as wife Gloria) give adequate performances, although Winfrey's interpretation of someone with a substance abuse problem takes all of 10 minutes of screen time, making it one of the weaker renderings of an alcoholic to hit the screen. The supporting cast shines, with David Oyelowo's turn as Cecil's activist son Louis worthy of buzz come awards time.

Official Site: www.weinsteinco.com/leedanielsthebutler
Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Wil Haygood
Producer: David Jacobson, Hilary Shor, Adam Merims, Pamela Oas Williams and Laura Ziskin
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden and David Oyelowo

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