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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Jackie is the epitome of grace and fortitude under the worst possible circumstances.
Violence & Scariness
The movie doesn't shy away from the assassination at the heart of its story; one scene shows a bullet and the deadly injury it causes to President Kennedy. Also loud arguments under times of strain, conversations about people targeting JFK, and footage of Lee Harvey Oswald's death. In a scene where Jackie showers, her back has blood dripping from it. In another scene, she wipes blood off her face. Bloodstained clothing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Allusions to JFK's affairs, but nothing is seen. Jackie's bare back is seen in a shower scene.
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"Damn," "goddamn," "a--hole," and a couple uses of "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In the days after the assassination, the First Lady pops pills, smokes, and drinks wine to steady herself and medicate feelings of despair.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jackie is an intense, deeply moving portrait of First Lady Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). It takes place on the day of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and the days right after. The film delves deeply into the pain of mourning and the aftermath of a national tragedy. Viewers will see the moment when JFK is shot in the head, as well as the first lady being overwhelmed by a grief that sometimes threatens to overcome her. She's also shown with blood on her clothes and body, and her naked back is seen during a shower scene. She drinks, smokes, and takes pills to dull her agony; swearing isn't frequent but includes "goddamn" and a couple uses of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This intense drama is a must see, not just for history buffs, but for anyone who wants to understand what mourning and the stewardship of an important but complicated legacy is like. Jackie tells a well-known story in a new way by adjusting its focus. Rather than putting the spotlight on the assassination's weight on the country as a whole, it centers on a woman, her children, and her struggle to make sense of a loss that doesn't just feel historic but also deeply personal.
Director Pablo Larrain creates a movie that's both lyrical and arresting, as well as a stunning exploration of grief brought to life by Portman. Her face is a canvas of ever-changing emotions as she struggles with rage, heartache, confusion, fear, and love. And Larrain adds depth to an already complex tale by refracting Jackie's story through the prism of a journalist. At first the interview-with-flashbacks device feels worrisomely artificial, but in the end it helps give voice to larger questions about legacy (questions that's also been explored in the Broadway hit Hamilton): Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? Who's in charge of your narrative? Jackie isn't a perfect film, but it perfectly captures the messy power of grief and United States' challenges as it cycles from one administration to the next, from periods of prosperity and triumph to struggles and dissent, always cast against the almighty backdrop of history.
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