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Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more.

Directed by Lee Daniels (The Paperboy '12, Precious '09)

Running time: 2 hrs 12 mins

Show time is 6:45 pm. Let's gather in the lobby 15-20 minutes beforehand. Afterwards, we can head over to Oishii for post film discussion and food.

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  • Deb S

    I wanted to see this film. Thanks, Shawna for organizing this meetup. A good time!

    September 8, 2013

  • Louise H.

    A solid, moving film with lots of surprises (Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan??!!!) Good company and good food afterwards. Thanks for arranging this, Shawna!

    September 8, 2013

  • Shawna

    I thought this film was very well done. It was definitely emotional (had to fight back tears at least 4 times). I don't think it was necessarily 'in your face' emotional. I think there were scenes that let you feel those emotions for yourself. The tensions between father and son being at the forefront of the movie: Cecil increasingly confused about the world, learned when he was young that to be safe was to ensure the comfort of the white people, while Louis was aggressively non-complacent.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Amy

    I saw this last weekend... such a well done movie! I hope you all enjoy it throughly.

    September 7, 2013

  • Elizabeth J.

    I may just show up-- hope that's okay. I'm dealing with family medical problems so can't plan anything right now.

    September 7, 2013

  • Shawna

    Reminder: The Chelsea accepts CASH only.

    September 6, 2013

  • Jeff

    I'm tentative. Should be able to make it.

    September 6, 2013

  • Louise H.

    What Carole said -- love the Chelsea. See you there!

    September 5, 2013

  • John L.

    My RSVP is closer to a "Maybe."

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Saw this a few weeks ago. Great film - really enjoyed it.

    1 · September 4, 2013

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