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An American Affair

6.21 h 32 min2009R
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.
William Olsson
Gretchen MolJames RebhornCameron Bright
English [CC]
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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DBRReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not so 1963 ...
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Entertaining story, being I would have been about the same age as Adam. Catherine, played by Gretchen Mol, is hot and sexy. Every young boy's crush. The funny stuff is back in 1963, kids didn't say "f off', "f you" like they do in this movie. We did play spin the bottle though. Second, when clearing the garden, tall paper yard waste bags didn't exist. We had trash cans, bushel baskets, and wheelbarrows for yard waste. That was a big faux pas. Lastly, when the young, inexperienced Adam is kissing Catherine on the couch, he reaches under her robe for between her legs like a veteran, not very realistic for a stumbling kid.
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Juan VargasReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The CIA murdered John, Marilyn, Oswald....
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An inferred implication by the CIA in the serial murders of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe and a clear indictment of the CIA for having perpetrated serial murderers of President Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Praise for Gretchen Mol who didn't try to Be Marilyn, but played her own version of a character. Who's next?
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Demands QualityReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Gretchen Mol is excellent in this
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Gretchen Mol is excellent in this, and tries her best with the material, but the script feels like a conspiracy theory idea from a young college kid with no actual world experience. Most "characters" are cardboard cutouts, and the screenplay telegraphs nearly every turn in the plot way before it should (IF it should). Unfortunately, the main character of the boy is probably not up to the demands of the script, and is leaden in his teenage angst and confusion instead of passionate. The camerawork, lighting, energy level of most of the cast, are all uninspiring. Movies like this are a nail in the coffin to the lauded "Independent Film."
N. LesterReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Influential people's lives become a national affair
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The title's meaning is beyond an extra-martial affair. IMO, it is how certain potent, influential people and their lives become a neighborhood, city, state, or national affair. It is a very enjoyable movie with some suspense and light romance.
S PilgreenReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Worth Taking the Time to Watch
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I did not like this movie. The plot was almost nonexistent. The crush the young teenage boy had on his neighbor was not to be unexpected, but the idea the crush would turn physical is ridiculous, especially if the woman was involved with JFK.
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Dan CenturioniReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Never knew about this one
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Even though the story isn't entirely accurate, it does reveal a lot about one of the many affairs of JFK.
Poor JFK wouldn't stand a chance in today's political climate.
If you want to find out more, read about the real life mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer. There is much more to the story that is not found in the film.
All in all, this movie was intriguing.
David BelkinReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gretchen great, but where are the bonus features?
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The plot was awful, but Gretchen Mol was (as always) moving and beautiful. As others have pointed out, the language and behavior was not really credible for young teens in the early 1960s. (We did not drop f-bombs back then.) I deduct a star because the blu-ray I purchased is supposed to include bonus features (deleted scenes) but the menu on the disk provides no way to access them.
Richard LewisReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wish I was that kid kissing Gretchen Moll!
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Gretchen Moll is a knockout in this film...If JFK had actually been having a love affair with someone who had looked like her, he would have divorced his wife....The film is a little confusing. I didn't understand who Gretchen Moll was portraying...Was it Marilyn Monroe? Or was she just another woman JFK was seeing behind his wife's back.
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