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Vexingest Man Alive

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

Some black-tie event somewhere, which is where we get to see the so-called Kennedy Friend in action. In an interview, he relates a story about what John said he'd do should he ever become president: John said he'd call his Uncle Teddy and gloat. "Teddy loved it," says Kennedy Friend. "He said it was so like John's father." And meanwhile he's acting all weepy and he's really overdoing it.

John -- looking with Carolyn, at this same event, at some family photo of his mom -- says that Jackie and Carolyn would have liked each other. He apologizes for being preoccupied lately, saying he doesn't want to bother her with George business. She says he doesn't have to protect her, and he says she's really something and she says "Bet yer ass," and everything's okay again, just like that.

Now it's time for Carolyn and Caroline to commiserate. Caroline asks how Carolyn's doing. Carolyn says she's stopped reading the papers and feels much better. "And?" Caroline says expectantly. "I don't know, he's really making an effort," says Carolyn, and she gives a stirring little speech about how she needs to be more than a full-time appendage, and also intimates that she might like to have a baby. And then she asks if her nieces and nephew are excited to go whitewater rafting, and I'm not sure how these two can berate John over the so-called Kennedy Curse and then take the kids WHITEWATER RAFTING. For Christ's sake. And they continue to cram information into their dialogue, with Caroline thanking Carolyn for standing in at Rory's wedding, since she's going on some trip, and Carolyn offers up all non-sequitur that her sister Lauren is coming along on the plane since she's been invited to Martha's Vineyard for the weekend. And this scene is going nowhere. Finally, Carolyn starts going on about how scared she was when she watched John crash his ultralight, but Caroline says she gave up to talk John out of flying long ago trying.

Throwaway scene in which John indicates he's considering getting into politics goes here. Carolyn gets really excited. And I'd like to point out that when he says the decision doesn't only involve himself, she thanks him for the privilege of being allowed to factor into her husband's decision-making.

Shut up, Carrot Top. Just shut up. Now.

The night before the fateful day, John stayed at a hotel so he could concentrate on preparing for a breakfast meeting with his publisher the next day. And afterward, he calls Carolyn to tell her the publisher agreed to continue, after much groveling from John. He tells her he's going to pick Lauren up at 6:30 and he wants to leave by 7:30 before it gets dark. And pretty much the entire last five minutes of this movie runs in semi-slow motion as the five most annoying narrators ever offer their "insights" on the last day. Kennedy Friend tells us the flight instructor who was supposed to go with them cancelled, and John figured he'd go without a co-pilot. Various scenes of John and Carolyn preparing to leave. John and Lauren left the office on time, but didn't take into account rush-hour traffic. Kennedy Biographer points out John had a lot more than the minimum FAA-required hours to fly the plane, but a pilot with a decade of experience noticed them at the airport, since he'd decided against making the same flight, since he felt conditions were too dangerous -- that with the coming darkness and the haze, he could easily lose sight of the horizon or lose control of his plane. And we have to watch this pilot walk by and actually do a double-take, and then give a "whatever" shrug instead of, I don't know, warning John about the conditions.

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Vexingest Man Alive

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

Some black-tie event somewhere, which is where we get to see the so-called Kennedy Friend in action. In an interview, he relates a story about what John said he'd do should he ever become president: John said he'd call his Uncle Teddy and gloat. "Teddy loved it," says Kennedy Friend. "He said it was so like John's father." And meanwhile he's acting all weepy and he's really overdoing it.

John -- looking with Carolyn, at this same event, at some family photo of his mom -- says that Jackie and Carolyn would have liked each other. He apologizes for being preoccupied lately, saying he doesn't want to bother her with George business. She says he doesn't have to protect her, and he says she's really something and she says "Bet yer ass," and everything's okay again, just like that.

Now it's time for Carolyn and Caroline to commiserate. Caroline asks how Carolyn's doing. Carolyn says she's stopped reading the papers and feels much better. "And?" Caroline says expectantly. "I don't know, he's really making an effort," says Carolyn, and she gives a stirring little speech about how she needs to be more than a full-time appendage, and also intimates that she might like to have a baby. And then she asks if her nieces and nephew are excited to go whitewater rafting, and I'm not sure how these two can berate John over the so-called Kennedy Curse and then take the kids WHITEWATER RAFTING. For Christ's sake. And they continue to cram information into their dialogue, with Caroline thanking Carolyn for standing in at Rory's wedding, since she's going on some trip, and Carolyn offers up all non-sequitur that her sister Lauren is coming along on the plane since she's been invited to Martha's Vineyard for the weekend. And this scene is going nowhere. Finally, Carolyn starts going on about how scared she was when she watched John crash his ultralight, but Caroline says she gave up to talk John out of flying long ago trying.

Throwaway scene in which John indicates he's considering getting into politics goes here. Carolyn gets really excited. And I'd like to point out that when he says the decision doesn't only involve himself, she thanks him for the privilege of being allowed to factor into her husband's decision-making.

Shut up, Carrot Top. Just shut up. Now.

The night before the fateful day, John stayed at a hotel so he could concentrate on preparing for a breakfast meeting with his publisher the next day. And afterward, he calls Carolyn to tell her the publisher agreed to continue, after much groveling from John. He tells her he's going to pick Lauren up at 6:30 and he wants to leave by 7:30 before it gets dark. And pretty much the entire last five minutes of this movie runs in semi-slow motion as the five most annoying narrators ever offer their "insights" on the last day. Kennedy Friend tells us the flight instructor who was supposed to go with them cancelled, and John figured he'd go without a co-pilot. Various scenes of John and Carolyn preparing to leave. John and Lauren left the office on time, but didn't take into account rush-hour traffic. Kennedy Biographer points out John had a lot more than the minimum FAA-required hours to fly the plane, but a pilot with a decade of experience noticed them at the airport, since he'd decided against making the same flight, since he felt conditions were too dangerous -- that with the coming darkness and the haze, he could easily lose sight of the horizon or lose control of his plane. And we have to watch this pilot walk by and actually do a double-take, and then give a "whatever" shrug instead of, I don't know, warning John about the conditions.

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