An American Affair
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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).Read more ›
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.
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.
Mary Pinchot Meyer married Cord Meyer (CIA)
JFK & Jackie.moved next door.
JFK had the hots for MPM. They were in touch up until his assassination.
She voiced disagreement with the Warren Report. She was murdered 3 weeks later.
Her diary is missing, and the murder is unsolved.
It's too bad we don't know more of history. This movie could have been enlightening.
I think if people knew more about what was really going on then, this may have been more interesting, but people here are commenting about Marilyn and that's not the story. Of course, some only watched it because they thought it to be about MM.
Still it's quite telling most people have never even heard of MPM. Even many who lobe MM.
Heck most kids now don't know what's a Warren Report, something they skipped in school?
Anyway the failure of this film to capitalize on the historical facts which have since come to light is sad, it had such potential. I'd like to give it an A for effort, but, I'm not sure how much effort went into what - the creative touch of the hormonal young voyeur - it obfuscates, almost trivializes the elusive truth.
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I liked this movie. It was well acted and it did keep me wondering how it was going to end. It also showed the narrow-mindedness of how people were back in the day.Published 14 hours ago by Fay
Good story, good acting,and another conspiracy theory on the JFK assignation. I've read a lot about the Cuba-connection and their may be something to it.Published 18 hours ago by Piper