What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the dialog in the Nixon White House is a veritable profanity-gate, with R-rated usage of the F-word, the S-word, the c-word, and numerous racial epithets (this is historically accurate, as the tapes revealed). Vintage newsreels and broadcast-TV footage show glimpses of corpses, explosions, and war atrocities in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Chile. There is talk of the sexual lives of leading figures such as Martin Luther King, Henry Kissinger, and the Kennedys. Meanwhile FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, heavily hinted as a homosexual, flirts with a waiter. This is a looong movie (even longer in the "Director's Cut"), so it's not the best choice for short-attention-span viewers.
- Families can talk about the character of Richard Nixon, both in this dramatization and in reality. Do you think this movie is fair to him? Fact-check what parts really happened and what parts (like a conspiratorial meeting with a nameless, sinister Texas oilman, played by Larry Hagman) are Stone's imagination. For what it's worth, the Nixon family was unhappy with this movie. You can have kids research the life and career of the controversial statesman and the tangled Watergate scandal. Do they think the country (and the Congress) learned anything constructive from Nixon's downfall? Can you relate it to the Washington D.C. of today?