As if a necessary corrective to Fitzgerald Chappa smartly shows that the spectre of death is as good an impetus as any for the second act of American life. In fact it's fairly brutal to our rosy perception that there might ever have been a moment of innocence in politics. It's the opposite approach to the usual whip-fast political drama, a pedestrian view on an average man, played like a stunned mullet.
1.5 The movie seems to depend on the audience already having sympathy for Ted. His character though is so off-puttingly dumb and uninteresting as portrayed; it's nonsensical and tedious to watch him treated with such deference by the police department and others. The portrayal of the incapacitated Joe Kennedy verges on camp. Would rather have seen a bio pic about Mary Jo Kopechne's life.
Alternate title: "Boyhood" LOL! Adroit portrait of LOSERDOM, effectively conveys that EVERYTHING IS BULLSHIT, but also makes clear that NOBODY CARES. Moon Landing as 100% PR pablum is so good. The main flaw is Helms as Moral Center. We don't need dude pissing in our ear! All the stuff with Mara was so good, confounding there wasn't much more >:(