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An American Affair (2009)

Gretchen Mol , Noah Wyle  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gretchen Mol, Noah Wyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028S10XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set in 1963, in the swirl of glamour and intrigue that turned President John F. Kennedy's Washington into Camelot, a young teenager has an inside view of JFK’s torrid affair with his neighbor and secret CIA assassination plans. History unfolds in front of your eyes in this gripping and dramatic coming of age story.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars coming-of-age tale meets JFK September 25, 2009

Written by Alex Metcalf and directed by William Olsson, "An American Affair" at least earns points for originality. For what starts out as a fairly conventional coming-of-age tale set in 1963 Washington D.C. suddenly turns into a piece of historical fiction when the obligatory older woman 13-year-old Adam Stafford (Cameron Bright) falls madly in love with turns out to be none other than the mistress of President John F. Kennedy himself. Thus, not only is Adam introduced to the wonderful world of raging hormones but to the sociopolitical issues of the day as well.

Adam is the son of two journalists who have no clue their child has been peeping into the home across the way, enjoying a full-court view of Catherine Caswell (nicely played by Gretchen Mol), a glamorous divorcee and ex-CIA agent guaranteed to get any healthy young American lad's juices flowing. When Adam introduces himself to her, Catherine hires him on as a gardener, a setup that gives the youngster plenty of opportunity to not only make his move on this prospective conquest but, thanks to her uniquely complicated social life, to have a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into a bit of juicy, albeit undocumented, political history.

"An American Affair" throws so many disparate elements into the mix - May/December romance (or maybe more like February/August), lurid political melodrama, adolescent wish-fulfillment, cloak-and-dagger espionage, conspiracy-theory speculation - that it can't help but generate a certain fascination, even when the story itself is not all that convincing or the passion for the subject not everything it could be (this applies mainly to the first half).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars real story is better than the movie August 7, 2009
This movie, clearly and transparently based on the last year in the life of Mary Pinchot Meyer, is, unfortunately, not as good as it could have been. All the real characters are here and very thinly disguised: Ms. Meyer, Cord Meyer, James Angleton, JFK, with the addition of a fictional nice teen-age boy who happens to live next door. This character is the problem. Though well-acted, the role is poorly conceived, and the boy's various shadowings and spyings look absurd. Plus there's some tiresome material set at his Catholic day school. Gretchen Mol is wonderful, as is the actor who plays the Angleton character. But this could have been so much better if the filmmakers had taken a tougher position. Left out are Ben and Tony Bradlee and their role in the destruction of Mary Pinchot Meyer's (possibly inflammatory) diary. On the plus side, the LSD scene is nicely done. Bottom line: a fascinating tale receives a mediocre treatment. What a shame!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite movie July 11, 2012
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It is a gripping story that clearly illistrates the atmosphere of the day. For history fanatics, it does make some leaps of faith. But there is much more truth in it than fiction. I have studied the assassination from multiple sorces. When the same names keep popping up, it gains truth in my world. So if you want to get the "feel" of those days and these people, this is your movie. If you require absolute historical accuracy, get a documentary DVD.
The portrayal by Mol is excellent. The politcs are nicely contrasted with the boy's Nixonite parents. It leaves one saddened, and feeling like you were asleep during those days and missed it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A well acted movie which got me quite enthused about delving much deeper into the life and death of Mary Pinchot Meyer. If it does the same for you, "Mary's Mosaic" may be a book you would enjoy reading.

The first time I came across this movie by accident, which was on television, I thought it was completely fictional until near the end. The second time I watched with eyes wide open and then, as I said, became convinced that there was more to JFK's death than what we've generally been told. Reading the above mentioned book and also books by Howard Fast may convince you, also.

But this is a movie review. I gave it four stars because I felt it was well done, fascinating not only in its somewhat historical accuracy but also because it presented a watchable, fictional story line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for conspiracy theorists August 9, 2013
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A moving drama that is a bit slow and completely predictable but worth watching for delightful performance by Gretchen Mol.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice film June 21, 2010
An American Affair is about a teenage boy who constantly gets into fights, disobeys his parents and the nuns at church, and falls in love with his next door neighbor- a woman who apparently has ties with John F. Kennedy and other people in Washington DC (where the storyline takes place). Of course we don't actually get to see the John F. Kennedy character, but oh well.

Anyway, the story focuses mainly on the next door neighbor (an attractive middle aged woman) and the relationship she develops with the boy across the street. The parents STRONGLY disapprove of their son making constant visits to the womans home because the woman has a confusing, troubled life. The mother tries explaining what she's like by simply saying "She's different, so stay away from her".

You'll quickly discover the woman has quite a few male friends that she comes into contact with all the time, and they are tied to the White House. You'll have to watch the storyline to find out what their connections are and why they make frequent visits to the womans home.

Anyway, the woman is perfectly aware that the boy has a serious crush on her, but nothing ever comes out of it. By that I mean no relationship ever forms or anything.

Basically An American Affair gives the viewer yet another idea what it was like living in the early to mid 60's and experiencing the Kennedy assassination incident. That's why when the moment Kennedy is killed, you witness the emotional reactions of all the characters in the movie.

Of course a big question as to why the main character himself (the teenage boy) doesn't feel anything over the incident is perhaps a storyline blunder.

This is a pretty good movie with a decent storyline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You can see Gretchen Mols boobs !!!!!
Published 20 days ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars Gretchen Mol is hot
Gretchen Mol is hot
Published 1 month ago by Edward Ngai
1.0 out of 5 stars Lee's review
Did not like it.
Published 2 months ago by Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I threw it away after watching.
Published 3 months ago by peggy evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Gem
I liked the movie. I bought it to see Cameron Bright and go Gretchen Mol as a bonus. Interesting movie.
Published 7 months ago by Mimzy
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Affair
Great movie if you're interested in the Kennedy era politics. This a 'very simple' version
of Mary Pinchot Meyer and her influence on a neighbor's teen boy and her death.
Published 9 months ago by julia lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
THis movie was worth watching however it was not based on facts. It shows Monroe being alive after the assassination of JFK.
Published 9 months ago by Rebecca A. Rossman
3.0 out of 5 stars Different perspective on the 1960s events.
A fictional view of some of the events of the 1960s as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy. News video clips from the time were injected at points in the video to in force the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bob C
5.0 out of 5 stars Title is misleading to story line
I loved it. Not what you expected and the story line about a kids view of what was happening was excelent.
Published 13 months ago by The Edge
1.0 out of 5 stars trouble with streaming
i never got to watch movie because it kept stopping to reload which would take several minutes. Dont know if it was the movie or Amazon streaming. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Natalee D. Barber
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