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The Butler: Movie Review

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, David Oyelowo

Running Time: 132 minutes

Release Date: August 16, 2013

For people who like: The Help, The Great Gatsby

Rating: 9/10

If you are like me and try to see as many Academy Award nominated movies, then don't wait until February to do so. The Butler will easily be on the list and it is in theaters now!

Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) grew up in the south in the earl 20th century on a cotton farm. After seeing his father shot right in front of him, he was taken into the house to be trained as a servant. Little did he know this skill would land him a job working as a butler in the White House.

Cecil worked very hard for many years, serving 8 different presidents, with the belief of following orders and being respectful. This job results in neglecting his wife, Gloria (Oprah Winfrey). It is hard for him to manage a relationship with his wife and his jobs, especially since his oldest son keeps getting arrested and put in jail.

One of the best parts about this film is the perspective. This movie took on a unique look into the history of the United States. There isn't another movie that shows that history from the viewpoint of a White House butler. It is a refreshing and inspiring perspective.

This movie also had superb acting. From the stars to the minor roles, every person was cast wonderfully. Whitaker and Winfrey both gave amazing performances. Winfrey was particularly interesting since she hasn't acted in 15 years. Despite her acting drought, she played her part flawlessly. Knowing whom the presidents are during the second half of the 20th century, it was very interesting to see the actors who played them.

One of the best parts about this movie is it based off of a true story. It makes the movie so much more intriguing and captivating.

This movie is on it is way to be a classic and is not one to miss.