Director: John Curran. Cast: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern. 106 min. Rated PG-13. Sweden/USA. History.
The Kennedy family's 1969 scandal, when a drunk Ted drove his car off a bridge and flipped it into a lake. With a girl inside. And he didn't report it until 9 hours later. So the entire film is about the incident, and the cover-up (or the lack thereof). There are some gripping father-son moments between a hemiplegic Kennedy Sr. (astonishingly embodied by Dern) and Ted (Australian Clarke struggling a Bostonian accent), but that's as far as character development goes. You never get to know how the man really felt about the incident. You mainly see the facade he maintained.
PS: After House of Cards, this is the second time Kate Mara is getting killed at the hands of a politician. She has potential to become the Sean Bean of actresses.