‘Dick and Jack’: Film Review

There’s sufficient psychobabble in Dick and Jack to gas a dozen remedy classes. John Ransom Phillips’ feature debut imagines a sequence of conferences between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy (therefore the gay porn-sounding title) and their fathers, Frank Nixon and Joseph Kennedy. Shot principally in black & white on an obviously miniscule budget, the indie film resembles the form of cut price basement theatrical manufacturing whose audience consists principally of family and friends members lending ethical help.

Set in 1960 — when Nixon was serving as Vice President and Kennedy was running against him in the upcoming election — the movie takes place largely within the White House barbershop where the resident barber (Robert Tyler) cuts the hair of his well-known clients whereas sustaining a suitably discreet demeanor. It turns into evident early on that each Dick (Ken Straus) and Jack (Drew Allen) have important daddy points.

“Your gift to me was a strange mix of frequent sense and rage,” Nixon tells his father (Zenon Zeleniuch). “And a widow’s peak that talks again to you.”

Later, he tells Jack, “My father taught me the best way to hate, and I nonetheless do!”

In between complaining to his father about his physical ailments, together with Addison’s illness, Jack reveals himself to be sexually obsessed, at one point describing his liaisons along with his former lovers, together with Angie Dickinson, in lascivious element. Apparently channeling his infancy, he declares, “I like being touched … the sensation of a warm breast in my mouth, the stream of milk.”

We get a glimpse into the origins of Nixon’s worldview together with his father’s recommendation, “Don’t belief your neighbors, Jews or the taxman.” Joe Kennedy (Joseph Rose), referring to Nixon’s father, asks Dick, “When you masturbate, do you’re feeling his disgrace?” He additionally helpfully teaches Dick tips on how to ship what would grow to be his trademark raised-arms salute.

To relive the visual tedium, the filmmaker later positions the characters in entrance of a colorful abstract portray, unintentionally offering the effect of JFK and Nixon experiencing a shared acid journey.

Bizarrely, the lead performers bear practically no resemblance to the real-life figures they’re portraying, although the larger question is why the film’s Joe Kennedy speaks in a thick Brooklyn accent.

Distributor: CINEMAflix Production firm: Art Pond Cast: Ken Straus, Joseph Rose, Drew Allen, Zenon Zeleniuch, Robert Tyler Director-screenwriter-executive producer: John Ransom Phillips Producer: Rebecca H. Hames Director of images: Tim Naylor Production designer: Brenna Landerkin Editor: Orian Barki Costume designer: Sachi Masuda Composers: Tomas Doncker, James Dellatacoma

Not rated, 90 minutes

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