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Ethel (2012)

97 mins

Plot Summary: A documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider’s view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.

Director: Rory Kennedy

Writer: Mark Bailey

Serious Jest:  (Worth Watching)  The first half of this film is a very in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the Kennedys…great if you’re related to them by blood or friendship, or if you’re a Kennedyphile…I am not.  I felt like I could not relate to these rich, privileged white people, and I was flat-out bored.  However, the second half focused heavily on RFK’s accomplishments and sacrifices, and what made him tick.  Certain anecdotes about lessons he taught his kids and his reasons for running for office made me wish more of our leaders were like him.  Ethel’s strength and contribution to the family were also striking, but this documentary is really much more compelling as an insider’s view of RFK.  I concluded that this film was worth watching because I don’t think you’ll be able to find this perspective and unique knowledge about RFK and his family in any other film.  If you can suffer through the first half, the second half will be worth it.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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