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Vexingest Man Alive

by Daniel January 25, 2003
America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story

John's walking Carolyn home through what I guess is supposed to be a seedy part of town, and she's going on about how she and her sisters never have enough time to spend with each other. John, who seems to have a really hard time paying attention to his girlfriends, says, "I think I could worship the ground you walk on if you lived in a better neighbourhood," and she says she's not really an "uptown girl" since she had enough of that "growing up in the Village" and that the crackhouses have their charms, and maybe she can explain where the job at the Calvin Klein boutique fits in with her "not an uptown girl" philosophy. On her doorstep, she says she had a great time, and John says he did, too. Then he asks her to go to a benefit the next night for the Robin Hood Foundation since he's "sort of on the board" whatever "sort of" means, and she says she has plans, and he asks her if she can get out of them. She doesn't say anything, and he apologizes, and then asks about the next night. She says she's "sort of" leaving for the whole weekend, and there's that "sort of" again. And John's all, "Oh, I'm sorry," and thinks he's getting the brush-off, but she says she's just trying to be "upfront" about everything, and he says she has her "own life," and it's awfully gallant of him to allow her that. She kisses him on the cheek and tells him she'll be in Sunday night and tells her to call him. John looks confused.

Telling his buddy Michael about her, John actually says, "She's not anybody," and hastily clarifies that she's not famous or anything, and he babbles about her and admits that he's not the only one she's seeing. Michael just laughs because John has competition, and welcomes him to the human race. John says he can't stop thinking about her, and Michael tells him he has to stop thinking about her and start thinking about George.

So at this magazine pitch meeting, John and Michael are babbling that their publication will both entertain and challenge their readers. It doesn't really matter what they say, though, because the investors aren't paying any attention. The woman smiles, imagining Kristoffer Polaha's body double standing there shirtless. One guy smiles, imagining John as a little boy playing at his father's desk, only he smiled like the woman did so I don't know what they're going for there. And then the third guy imagines John shirtless as well, and pans down to his boxers in a weird, PG-rated homosexuality-as-comic-relief bit that was really unfortunate. And they don't want to invest anyway, since politics aren't "commercial" and it's "not what Middle America is reading." John and Michael are crestfallen, but try to keep their spirits up as they head from pitch meeting to pitch meeting as a sound collage lets us know they get turned down again and again. Thank god we're not forced to watch any more of the meetings. The only other one we see is one where the potential investor suggests that John write memories of his dad, and John starts to acquiesce, and tells a story about his dad nicknaming him "Sam," and he exchanges looks with Michael before saying that the magazine isn't going to be a "Kennedy family album" and says the investors know what their pitch was going to be, and he apologizes for wasting their time.

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Vexingest Man Alive

by Daniel January 25, 2003
America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story

John's walking Carolyn home through what I guess is supposed to be a seedy part of town, and she's going on about how she and her sisters never have enough time to spend with each other. John, who seems to have a really hard time paying attention to his girlfriends, says, "I think I could worship the ground you walk on if you lived in a better neighbourhood," and she says she's not really an "uptown girl" since she had enough of that "growing up in the Village" and that the crackhouses have their charms, and maybe she can explain where the job at the Calvin Klein boutique fits in with her "not an uptown girl" philosophy. On her doorstep, she says she had a great time, and John says he did, too. Then he asks her to go to a benefit the next night for the Robin Hood Foundation since he's "sort of on the board" whatever "sort of" means, and she says she has plans, and he asks her if she can get out of them. She doesn't say anything, and he apologizes, and then asks about the next night. She says she's "sort of" leaving for the whole weekend, and there's that "sort of" again. And John's all, "Oh, I'm sorry," and thinks he's getting the brush-off, but she says she's just trying to be "upfront" about everything, and he says she has her "own life," and it's awfully gallant of him to allow her that. She kisses him on the cheek and tells him she'll be in Sunday night and tells her to call him. John looks confused.

Telling his buddy Michael about her, John actually says, "She's not anybody," and hastily clarifies that she's not famous or anything, and he babbles about her and admits that he's not the only one she's seeing. Michael just laughs because John has competition, and welcomes him to the human race. John says he can't stop thinking about her, and Michael tells him he has to stop thinking about her and start thinking about George.

So at this magazine pitch meeting, John and Michael are babbling that their publication will both entertain and challenge their readers. It doesn't really matter what they say, though, because the investors aren't paying any attention. The woman smiles, imagining Kristoffer Polaha's body double standing there shirtless. One guy smiles, imagining John as a little boy playing at his father's desk, only he smiled like the woman did so I don't know what they're going for there. And then the third guy imagines John shirtless as well, and pans down to his boxers in a weird, PG-rated homosexuality-as-comic-relief bit that was really unfortunate. And they don't want to invest anyway, since politics aren't "commercial" and it's "not what Middle America is reading." John and Michael are crestfallen, but try to keep their spirits up as they head from pitch meeting to pitch meeting as a sound collage lets us know they get turned down again and again. Thank god we're not forced to watch any more of the meetings. The only other one we see is one where the potential investor suggests that John write memories of his dad, and John starts to acquiesce, and tells a story about his dad nicknaming him "Sam," and he exchanges looks with Michael before saying that the magazine isn't going to be a "Kennedy family album" and says the investors know what their pitch was going to be, and he apologizes for wasting their time.

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