An American Affair (2009)



Critic Consensus: With a plot both undercooked and cliche riddled, An American Affair unsuccessfully mixes a coming-of-age story and a presidential conspiracy thriller.

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Love and political ambition both run afoul of deceit in this suspense story. Sam Brady (Corbin Bernsen) is a federal District Attorney willing to do whatever it takes to get to the top, including extorting incriminating information from Mulroney (Thomas G. Waites), a corrupt police officer, in order to ruin the reputation of the son of a prominent senator. Sam is also involved with two women at once, Barbara (Jane Heitmeyer) and Genevieve (Maryam d'Abo), a situation made all the more complicated by the fact that the two women are close friends. When Sam discovers that Genevieve is pregnant with his child, he reluctantly breaks off his relationship with Barbara and asks Genevieve to marry him. However, Sam's flirtation with danger in his career and personal life has dangerous consequences when he discovers that he's being followed, and someone is using supernatural means to get their vengeance against him. An American Affair maked the debut of director Sebastian Shah.
R (for sexual content and language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Corbin Bernsen
as Sam Brady
Maryam d'Abo
as Genevieve
Thomas G. Waites
as Mulroney
Cameron Bright
as Adam Stafford
Gretchen Mol
as Catherine Caswell
James Rebhorn
as Lucian Carver
Mark Pellegrino
as Graham Caswell
Perrey Reeves
as Adrienne Stafford
Jerry Hart
as Carl
Noah Wyle
as Mike Stafford
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Critic Reviews for An American Affair

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (17)

An earnest, fictional coming-of-age story is squeezed from a bitter, true-life local tragedy. And it works.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Washington Post
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The title sums up the bland, unimaginative and cliche-laden thriller/coming-of-age tale.

Full Review… | March 12, 2009
USA Today
Top Critic

There are scenes that work here and there, but regrettably not nearly enough to hold the film together. In the end, this affair is definitely not one to remember.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Painfully contrived

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
At the Movies
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Start to finish, [the film] makes absolutely no sense.

March 2, 2009
At the Movies
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It's all presented so earnestly... that you barely realize at the time how preposterous it all is. Intrigue! Cubans! The Bay of Pigs! JFK! It's the coming-of-age tale filtered through the mind of Oliver Stone,

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
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Audience Reviews for An American Affair

I don't know about you guys but I thought this movie was good. It brought This scenario every young kid fantasies at one point in their live!

Fabio Vera
Fabio Vera

In this film set in the 1963, when John F. Kennedy was president a young 13 year old boy, Adam (Cameron Bright) falls for his older neighbor, Catherine (Gretchen Moi), who is having romantic relations with the president of the United States. This film started out strong, detailing what struggles adolescence holds, but halfway through it fail flat & the ending wasn't impressive. This is one of those movies that you only watch once.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

In "An American Affair," teenaged Adam(Cameron Bright) goes through several rites of passage in Washington, DC in 1963. The first is a fight with his best friend Jimmy(Jimmy Bellinger) when he chips a tooth. The second is spying Catherine(Gretchen Mol), an artist and his new neighbor across the way, not only smoking, but also half naked. So instead of listening as President Kennedy boldly proclaims his solidarity with jelly donuts everywhere, his attention is focused on her, as he also manages to get a job working on her garden. But then it turns out that he is not the only one with the same viewing habits... While covering some very familiar ground, "An American Affair" does have a couple of great moments. It also manages to get the mood right, especially around insular Georgetown, implying the details which allows for a certain level of creepiness to set in, not to mention a little erotic frisson. This works well with the movie being a coming of age tale, as Adam learns a lot about how the adult world works with their lies and myths. And I am more impressed with Mark Pellegrino's acting each time I see him in something. However, the Catholic school seems a little too integrated for the time and place, both racial and gender.(A friend of mine once pointed out that Washington, DC is a southern city.) And is that staircase the one I think it is?

Walter M.
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