Picks and Pans Review: P.o.v.: Taking on the Kennedys
In 1994, 27-year-old Democrat Patrick Kennedy, the younger son of Sen. Ted Kennedy, beat Republican political novice Kevin Vigilante in the Rhode Island race for a seat in the House of Representatives. Vigilante, an idealistic doctor who ran an inner-city clinic for HIV-positive women, hoped to fight a clean campaign. But, as filmmaker Josh Seftel shows in this provocative documentary, after the Kennedy camp ran a negative TV ad, Vigilante's aides persuaded him to retaliate in kind. This is not a simple fable about the noble underdog vs. the evil dynasty. Seftel makes us think hard about the issues and ethics on both sides.