An American Affair
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An earnest, fictional coming-of-age story is squeezed from a bitter, true-life local tragedy. And it works."
‑ Dan Zak, Washington Post
"Painfully contrived"
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"gets in its own way by not knowing what kind of story it's telling, and by not knowing whose story it's telling"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Before An American Affair is over, you can be sure that Adam will learn a very familiar life lesson."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"The most compelling moment comes from archival footage."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"The title sums up the bland, unimaginative and cliche-laden thriller/coming-of-age tale."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Start to finish, [the film] makes absolutely no sense."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"so absurd and convoluted that even JFK's legacy can't subdue its preposterousness"
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Turns out An American Affair needed more than a name change to save itself from embarrassment."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"An implausible drama about some Washington D.C. people plotting around the time of the assassination of JFK."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"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,"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson,
"Out of its mind at a deep, essential level, An American Affair plays its dubious scenario with a straight face that makes the silly thing quite watchable."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Even the famous M Street stairs from "The Exorcist" are out of place in the climax of this lightweight movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A captivating, witty and poignant drama. Gretchen Mol sizzles."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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