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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fascinating, tragic story of Jean Seberg vs. the FBI.

Movie R 2019 96 minutes
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True life story of an actress

Great movie about Jean Seberg who was put under survelience by FBI.. Sad story of an actress that wanted to make a difference, and the government with help of media stopped her in her tracks. Sad but good movie, not to long. She seemed ready to take life on but cracked under pressure. Stewart did a great job in the movie. Wish they would have showed more of her husband in movie.

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Too much sex

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Once it becomes clear that this biopic is really only half about Jean Seberg, then it starts to work in its own fascinating, tragic way, driven by Stewart's fierce, fervent lead performance. Directed by Benedict Andrews, Seberg -- which probably ought to have been called Seberg vs. the FBI -- introduces us to a headstrong Jean Seberg; a prologue shows how she was actually burned during the burning-at-the-stake sequence of Saint Joan, her first film, and survived. Throughout the movie, Stewart sports Seberg's trademark pixie haircut and an array of dazzling '60s fashions, proving that she's not afraid. Yet the movie also captures her humanity, the way she carries her many burdens, and it's possible to empathize with her.

O'Connell is the movie's other main character, a reader of Captain America comics who's married to med student Linette (Margaret Qualley), with whom he's unable to talk to about his top-secret work. He's likewise an engaging soul, and the eventual meeting between him and Seberg is a necessary coda. Despite some overblown moments and simplistic shortcuts, the movie looks great, with fine cinematography by Black Panther's Rachel Morrison that emphasizes a trapped feel even within the open spaces of Los Angeles. And director Andrews allows even the supporting characters to come to life; Qualley is especially good, as is Zazie Beetz as Hakim Jamal's wounded wife. Seberg may not be a definitive biopic of this lovely, sad celebrity, but it's still a fascinating movie.

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