President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) repairs to his mother’s home on the Hudson and has his minions fetch him a plaything, his distant cousin Margaret Suckley (Laura Linney), a needy, childish drudge. When FDR pulls his convertible over in a field, offering himself to be manually serviced by her, director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) pulls back and shows us the gently bouncing car. It’s a sequence that could squash the libido of a sex addict. The arrival of King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) to plead the case for the U.S.’s joining World War II offers some small charms, as does Olivia Williams’ Eleanor Roosevelt, but Hyde Park on Hudson is still the most tasteless movie of the year.
Next John Carter