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Impeachment: American Crime Story

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clinton impeachment story has great cast, mature content.

TV FX Drama 2021
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age 16+

A sensitive story well told

I thought the story was well told, humanizing all the characters without vilifying them for being flawed. Profanity is minimal- not over the top. There are no sex scenes. There is nudity however in episode 10- a rear view of Paula Jones during a photo shoot with Penthouse magazine. Around Minute 38, which can be fast forwarded if preferred.

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The docudrama, which is co-executive-produced by Monica Lewinsky, sets out to retell the complicated story behind President Bill Clinton's impeachment through the eyes of the three women who had a major role in it. Rather than simply focus on the infamous Clinton-Lewinsky affair, it chronicles the events that took place during Clinton's political career, and how this culminated in the efforts by conservatives to remove him from office. It shows how attitudes about women and sexual harassment during that time, and the rise of the internet and blogs, contributed to what transpired. But it also argues how each of the women (although clearly some more than others) were in some ways manipulated, and in some cases bullied, into becoming active participants in the process by the people around them.

Impeachment: American Crime Story features a heavy-hitting cast, including Sarah Paulson, Judith Light, Edie Falco, and Clive Owen, some of whom showcase impressive transformations while playing their roles. There's also some dramatic fiction mixed in with the facts to be more entertaining. Nonetheless, some viewers may find themselves wondering why the overall story is being revisited, especially given the various documentaries and dramas produced over the years on the subject. Others may find it disturbing, thanks to the many parallels that can be drawn between what was happening then and the political climate of the early 21st century. But it does offer an interesting take on the political dynamics of the time from points of view often dismissed by the media and the public.

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