Film Review: ‘Being the Ricardos’ Questions Who Loves Lucy

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CHICAGO – “Being the Ricardos” tries to tell the story of a comedy icon with a star who wouldn’t know physical comedy if it slapped her in the face. Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball isn’t the only problem weighing down this biopic, but anytime this lead-footed and ponderous production threatens to build up a little momentum, Kidman stops it in its tracks. Oscarman rating: 2.0/5.0
Rating: 2.0/5.0

The behind the scenes story takes place during one particularly hectic week on the set of the iconic 1950s sitcom “I Love Lucy.” A blind gossip item suggests that star Lucille Ball may be caught up in the U.S. communists-in-government “red scare” of the 1950s, while her husband and co-star Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) continued womanizing gets picked up by the tabloids. As if that weren’t enough, Lucy is pregnant, beginning a battle against the network attitudes to work a pregnancy into the most popular show in early television.

“Being the Ricardos” is in select theaters, see local listings, and will stream on Amazon Prime beginning December 21st. Featuring Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons, Nina Arlanda, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, Tony Hale, Ronny Cox and Linda Lavin. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Rated “R”

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