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An American Affair (2009)

Gretchen Mol , Noah Wyle  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028S10XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,540 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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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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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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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 Unexpected Gem February 24, 2014
By Mimzy
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I liked the movie. I bought it to see Cameron Bright and go Gretchen Mol as a bonus. Interesting movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An American Affair January 4, 2014
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth watching December 30, 2013
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THis movie was worth watching however it was not based on facts. It shows Monroe being alive after the assassination of JFK.
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