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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

If you where a fly on the wall in the White House, what interesting things might you see?  As a butler at the esteemed residence, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) witnesses plenty during his years of service from 1952 until 1986. Inspired by a true story, this movie presents a unique historical perspective. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 132
Theater Release: 16 Aug 2013
Video Release: 14 Jan 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Lee Daniels’ The Butler is rated PG-13: for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking.

Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: John Cusack, Forest Whitaker, Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Website: Official site for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Detailed Review

Director Lee Daniels brings together an impressive cast for his movie The Butler. Marching through the Oval Office as America’s Top Executive are Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, James Marsden,… 
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Why Is Lee Daniels’ The Butler Rated PG-13?

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