Chappaquiddick (2017) Monday, 30 March 2020

Chappaquiddick (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    History has the final word.

  • Starring:

    Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Kate Mara, Bruce Dern, John Fiore, Gillian Mariner Gordon, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown

  • Directed by:

    John Curran

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    A car drives off a pier and flips (one dead). Drowning (banging on windows of submerged vehicle/screaming). A car almost collides into another vehicle; driving under the influence. People are tackled, slapped; a man throws an object at another man. Yelling, arguing. Suffocation, Cuban Missile Crisis, involuntary manslaughter, Bay of Pigs, two months in jail mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse, body in body bag, body in open coffin. Cut on shoulder. Neck brace, man in wheelchair. Cerebral concussion, shock mentioned.


    (None.) People kissed in greeting, caressing. Shirtless men, people in swimwear, cleavage. Men undress to their underwear then dive underwater. Man in bath.


    Alcohol (spirits, cocktails, beer, intoxication, drunk driving). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars). Sedatives mentioned.


    F-word, s-word, damn, ass, sonofab*tch. Name-calling (mental patient, putz, flawed, stupid, etc). Religious references (what the hell, oh my god, for Christ's sake, thank God, Jesus, good lord, God's blessing, to hell with you, Moses, Peter, prayers, etc).


    Mary Jo Kopechne, Ted Kennedy, tragedy, accidental death, negligence, the Kennedy curse, politics, cover-ups, scandal, the 'boiler room girls', history, media, the Apollo 11 space mission, sailing, grief, father-son relationships, morality, ethics, legacy, pride, hubris, immoral conduct.


    Dead daughter/friend/colleague. Church, funeral settings. Dead father, dead brothers, dead sister mentioned. Full moon.


    Compelling, nuanced, damning, ambiguous, suspenseful, meticulous, riveting, tense, scrupulous, absorbing, fascinating, compact, restrained, level-headed, tough, smart, fair, uneasy, challenging, ominous. Excellent/fine/multi-dimensional/layered/impressive/strong/plausible performance by Jason Clarke, terrific supporting cast, tight/sharp/believable/authentic script, light direction, some dark humour.


    Low-key. Bland/clinical direction, some clumsy expository dialogue, sporadic pacing, whimpering ending, lacks any sense of justice for Mary Jo Kopechne.

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