Starring Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce and Greg Kinnear, Confirmation takes a look behind the curtain of Washington politics, depicting the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings where Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. The hearings brought the country to a standstill and became a pivotal moment in American culture forever changing how we perceive and experience workplace equality and gender politics. Rick Famuyiwa directs a script written by Susannah Grant.
What We Thought:
I wasn’t that old when the story in Confirmation took place. I know of the story and remember it, but I didn’t know much of the specific details involved.
The film is a well acted and well made look at the Clarence Thomas controversy. Wendell Pierce is very good as Thomas and Scandal’s Kerry Washington is very good as Anita Hill, the woman who accused Thomas of sexual harassment.
The thing that amazed me was that Hill never accused him of physical harassment, but just verbal abuse. She said he asked her out and would talk about porn and his penis. I didn’t realize it was just verbal. Not that being just verbal makes it any less of a terrible thing, but I thought it was a physical thing too.
It also surprised me that Joe Biden was the man in control of the hearings. I knew our Vice President had been around for a while, but, again this happened when I was younger, I didn’t know how prominent he was in this. Ted Kennedy as well which I find amusing. As someone from Massachusetts, seeing a Kennedy reside over a hearing about sexual inappropriateness is outright laughable. I will say Treat Williams was very good as Teddy in a small role. Greg Kinnear was also quite good as Biden.
The story of the film is just as relevant today as it was back then. With a Supreme Court justice chair up for grabs right now, the film is very timely. Democrats are outraged that Republicans are trying to block any nomination till after this election. This clearly shows the shenanigans Dems pulled on a Republican nominee in the early 90s. Both parties are awful and people need to realize they both pull the same tricks.
Another big surprise to me is the ending of Confirmation. If, like me, you weren’t sure exactly how the hearing ended, this will surprise you. Obviously Clarence Thomas was confirmed because he’s still on the Supreme Court today, but how both him and Hill handled it at the end kind of shocked me since I didn’t know.
The film itself is very straight forward and story driven. The actors all do bang up jobs. It’s a relevant story that was extremely well made. If you like historical and biographical pieces, then this is…
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Cast & Crew
- Kerry Washington
- Wendell Pierce
- Greg Kinnear
- Treat Williams
- Jennifer Hudson
- Eric Stonestreet
- Jeffrey Wright
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