As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.
Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, James Marsden, etc.
Duration: 132 minutes
Watch if you like: The Help, Julie & Julia, The Iron Lady, and Eat, Pray, Love
Truly a wonderful movie, with a great compilation of presidents, starting from Eisenhower to Obama. And the cast blew my mind. Forest Whitaker is an amazing actor and they couldn’t have picked a better Cecile Gaines. And Oprah Winfrey as his wife, what a great performance!
The movie’s not just about a butler and the white house. It’s mostly about his relationship with his son. They don’t see eye to eye , since his son fights for the Civil Rights Movement and his father doesn’t want him to. His wife Gloria (Oprah) is a bit of an alcoholic who loves to throw a good party. Cecile has great fellow butlers at the White House, Lenny Kravitz and Cuba Gooding Jr. and they become friends along the way.
The scene that impressed me most was the scene in the diner with Cecile’s son Louis and his gang (Black Panthers I believe they were called). The way the white people act around black people in the day is truly embarrassing. This movie is a great representation of the black/white reality and it’s simply a must-watch!
My rating: 8 out of 10
My favorite quotes: “We have no tolerance for politics here at the White House.” and “Everything you are and everything you have, is because of that butler.”
My suggestion: This is one hell of a movie that you cannot NOT SEE as a movie fanatic. Even when you’re not, leave the other crap movies behind and just watch this one.