2. The Butler Showcases An Impressive Supporting Cast.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Lenny Kravitz play helpmates to Forest Whitaker's "butler" character, which provide a bit of comedic relief. Terrence Howard brings his oozy slickness to the film as a next door friend who wants to borrow more than a cup of sugar from Cecil Gaines' wife.
An all-star parade of presidents from Robin Williams to James Marsden to Liev Schreiber help blunt any strong dramatic edge in The Butler. The extra glimpses into the lives of middle-class African-Americans throughout the course of Civil Rights history is also an added bonus.