The Butler

One quiet voice can ignite a revolution


The Butler
This very US-centric drama plays out mainly in the White House, in the period after World War II. In effect it is a history of the civil rights movement, as seen through the eyes of a fictional butler and his family, who served under eight successive presidents during that period.

133 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence, Prejudice).
Biographical, Drama, On the art circuit

Showtimes

Life in the White House
Life in the White House

Credits

Cast
Forest Whitaker, Alan Rickman, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Liev Schreiber, Melissa Leo, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave
Director
Lee Daniels
ScreenplayDanny Strong, from the article by Wil Haygood
MusicRodrigo Leão
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
EditingJoe Klotz, Brian A. Kates
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2013
Produced byFollow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, Laura Ziskin Productions, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Pam Williams Productions, Windy Hill Pictures

Official Site | IMDB page | FPB Report | ScreenIt Report | CommonSenseMedia Report
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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageFairly frequent, pejorative, mild to moderate impact
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceFrequent scenes, mild to moderate
PrejudiceFrequent scenes, mild to moderate
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseTwo scenes of excessive drinking, mil impact
CommentsRacism is the principal theme that runs through a film about America and its deeply divisive segregated nature. Themes linked to it are a slowly awakening national consciousness, and the efforts of civil rights movements to oppose bigotry. These themes are mature and complex, prompting viewers to things carefully about this important issue.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
4
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
4
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
1
Topics to talk about
5

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
13 +
Positive messages
3
Positive role models
3
Violence
3
Sex
2
Language
3
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
3

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Munya Vomo quote iconUS History serves up Oscar bait.
15
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople quote iconAgter die gedienstige masker.
15
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconWhite House, black butler.
10
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconDaniels' film feels like a made-for-TV movie, and a mediocre one at that.
8
Metacritic.com
44 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
139 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconGut-wrenching and emotionally affecting, Lee Daniels' The Butler overcomes an uneven narrative thanks to strong performances from an all-star cast.
15
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
13
CommonSenseMedia
Staff evaluation
10

What the People say

Internet
14219 Netizens
13

Average .. 63%

13

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