Written August 17, 2013
I'm a white, 20-something girl (race shouldn't matter, but yes it still does) and cannot remember the last time I was so moved by a movie.
The entire theater (teens to grandparents, white to black, Repubs to Dems) was clapping wildly when the credits rolled.
There is something for EVERYONE in this movie (Except your 5 year old. Leave them at home.): Raunchy humor for the Judd Apatow movie goers, Forest Gumpian road trip from a 1920s cotton plantation to the Obama election for the history buffs, Eisenhower/JFK/LBJ/Nixon/LBJ for the politicos, and Oprah for everyone.
Note: THERE IS NO OPRAH SEX SCENE. (If you were worried/looking forward to it.) But you will see her get sexy, slap several people, battle alcoholism, and disco dance in front on the TV in a onesie. She was fantastic!
You'll Love "The Butler" If You Thought: "42" was too cheesy. "Lincoln" was too boring or too whitewashed. "Django" was too violent. Oprah or Lenny Kravitz couldn't act.
Written January 24, 2017
Was it predictable? Of course. Was it a feel good movie? Absolutely.
But all of the actors gave stellar performances. The movie itself was captivating and at times I had the chills as i watched the historical references. Robin Williams as Eisenhower, Liev Schreiber as LBJ, John Cusak as Nixon and Alan Rickman were amazing. I don't remember the guy who played JFK because he honestly was no that good.
Don't miss the movie. It is amazing.
Written July 01, 2016
This movie was well acted but it would have been nice if it was based on fact! There are so many falsehoods in this movie that it is hard to find any truth! Don't waste your time!
Written March 26, 2017
Excellent movie, well acted and fascinating window into a perspective on American history that is, if not unique, very rare.
The critics have been idiots; just did not get what Daniels was trying-and succeeding--to do.
Written October 21, 2016
Although my wife & I had a "private showing"(we were alone in the theatre), we both agreed to exit half way into the movie. Unlike "12 Years A Slave", which we both thought was excellent and well performed, "The Butler" missed on most levels. Very disappointing was the directors choices of actors to portray the various presidents-none of which bore even a distant resemblance to the designated presidents. Additionally, unlike many PBS versions of identical times covered by this movie, PBS's depictions were substantially more accurate and compelling.