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Vexingest Man Alive

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

And then we watch the recreation of that incident where John goes batshit crazy, jumping on the hood of the car of a person videotaping him and Carolyn. Good times! George Editor tells us John loved to fly because it was the only time he wasn't under a magnifying glass, and that flying "was the most fun he'd ever had with his clothes on," and I have to say if this movie is trying to make the point that there was a lot of substance to JFK Jr., it's offered very little by way of evidence.

December 31, 1997. Michael Kennedy's funeral, which raised the controversy over John's editorial again. Apparently, Joseph greeted John with "stony silence" at the funeral. Um, it was a funeral. We do see a clip of them hugging. Was Joseph supposed to be smiling and laughing? Anyway, John's upset about it, while Carolyn thinks it would be a good idea to question why anybody would play football while skiing anyway. Of course, she's talking about a guy who diddled a fourteen-year-old babysitter. And John launches into this speech about the Kennedys taking risks to prove they're afraid of nothing. Carolyn wants to know if they ever think of the people they leave behind. She implores him to stop flying, and we flash back to his mom asking him to stop his flying lessons, and he goes on about how it's the one place where no one's watching him. She tells him she's having nightmares about it. "There've been too many deaths in this family already," she says. I'm wondering if this movie could hit us over the head with this a little more. But John agrees to stop. Lies to his own mother! And with Carolyn, he just assures her that he'll be fine. It's not the answer she wanted, so she stands up and tells him the so-called "legacy" is controlling him.

Kennedy Biographer says JFK never used to worry about what he'd do after his presidency, since he never figured he'd grow to be an old man. Oh, come on. That's hardly portentous. Most people never truly think in those terms.

Brunette and Sister Carrot Top have what is probably their most annoying conversation of this entire movie, just to let us know that John crashed his ultralight a month before the plane crash. And apparently the writer thought, "Hmm, audiences are stupid, so I better write some incredibly stilted to dialogue to explain what an ultralight is." And I won't transcribe it here, as these two are REALLY starting to get to me.

Hey, there's John's friend Michael, getting out of a cab and bumping into John-John, who's on crutches after the ultralight crash. They shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and then do the suddenly-serious "How are you?" that you do with someone with whom you've had a falling out. Apparently, Michael's started a "cyber-media company" whatever that is, and I'm sure it hasn't gone bust by now or anything. John tells Michael that he's flying to Toronto to meet with some potential investors. Michael asks about the feud with his cousin, and John says they'll get through it, and says, in fact, he'll see his family when he flies to Hyannisport for his cousin Rory's wedding. And the acting is so good on this show that the actor playing Michael gets this look on his face at the mention of John flying out to the wedding that he might as well have said out loud, "Oh, yeah, the flight that kills you." And John promises to call Michael when he gets back, but Michael's busy making his Impending Death face. They do the manly-man handshake/backslap "we're not gay" thing.

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Vexingest Man Alive

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

And then we watch the recreation of that incident where John goes batshit crazy, jumping on the hood of the car of a person videotaping him and Carolyn. Good times! George Editor tells us John loved to fly because it was the only time he wasn't under a magnifying glass, and that flying "was the most fun he'd ever had with his clothes on," and I have to say if this movie is trying to make the point that there was a lot of substance to JFK Jr., it's offered very little by way of evidence.

December 31, 1997. Michael Kennedy's funeral, which raised the controversy over John's editorial again. Apparently, Joseph greeted John with "stony silence" at the funeral. Um, it was a funeral. We do see a clip of them hugging. Was Joseph supposed to be smiling and laughing? Anyway, John's upset about it, while Carolyn thinks it would be a good idea to question why anybody would play football while skiing anyway. Of course, she's talking about a guy who diddled a fourteen-year-old babysitter. And John launches into this speech about the Kennedys taking risks to prove they're afraid of nothing. Carolyn wants to know if they ever think of the people they leave behind. She implores him to stop flying, and we flash back to his mom asking him to stop his flying lessons, and he goes on about how it's the one place where no one's watching him. She tells him she's having nightmares about it. "There've been too many deaths in this family already," she says. I'm wondering if this movie could hit us over the head with this a little more. But John agrees to stop. Lies to his own mother! And with Carolyn, he just assures her that he'll be fine. It's not the answer she wanted, so she stands up and tells him the so-called "legacy" is controlling him.

Kennedy Biographer says JFK never used to worry about what he'd do after his presidency, since he never figured he'd grow to be an old man. Oh, come on. That's hardly portentous. Most people never truly think in those terms.

Brunette and Sister Carrot Top have what is probably their most annoying conversation of this entire movie, just to let us know that John crashed his ultralight a month before the plane crash. And apparently the writer thought, "Hmm, audiences are stupid, so I better write some incredibly stilted to dialogue to explain what an ultralight is." And I won't transcribe it here, as these two are REALLY starting to get to me.

Hey, there's John's friend Michael, getting out of a cab and bumping into John-John, who's on crutches after the ultralight crash. They shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and then do the suddenly-serious "How are you?" that you do with someone with whom you've had a falling out. Apparently, Michael's started a "cyber-media company" whatever that is, and I'm sure it hasn't gone bust by now or anything. John tells Michael that he's flying to Toronto to meet with some potential investors. Michael asks about the feud with his cousin, and John says they'll get through it, and says, in fact, he'll see his family when he flies to Hyannisport for his cousin Rory's wedding. And the acting is so good on this show that the actor playing Michael gets this look on his face at the mention of John flying out to the wedding that he might as well have said out loud, "Oh, yeah, the flight that kills you." And John promises to call Michael when he gets back, but Michael's busy making his Impending Death face. They do the manly-man handshake/backslap "we're not gay" thing.

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