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Hyde Park on Hudson

Rated R 94 minutes 2013

Bill Murray takes another swipe at Oscar glory as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, encountered in June 1939 at his mother’s home in upstate New York, as he prepares to host the stuttering King George VI and his uptight wife, Elizabeth. After The King's Speech (2010) and W.E. (2011) you may be a little tired of George, and here he serves mainly as a foil for the president, both dramatic (his speech impediment is bluntly compared to FDR's paralysis) and comedic (his wife is incensed that they're going to be served hot dogs for lunch). The main story line involves FDR's romantic dalliance with his sixth cousin (Laura Linney), who's summoned to provide him with some low-key conversation and throws in a presidential hand job during their drive through the country. Murray nicely re-creates Roosevelt's breezy, patrician manner, but there's too little going on here personally or politically for the movie to rise above a trifle. Roger Michell (Venus) directed; with Olivia Williams as Eleanor.

Film Credits

Official Site: focusfeatures.com/hyde_park_on_hudson

Director: Roger Michell

Producer: Kevin Loader, Roger Michell, David Aukin and Tessa Ross

Cast: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Martin McDougall, Elizabeth Wilson, Eleanor Bron and Elizabeth Marvel

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