3. The Butler Places You In The Thick Of America's Darkest Hours
Lee Daniels' film examines a discomforting period in history. The Butler doesn't try to placate the audience with niceties. Instead, it openly expresses the sentiments of the time and calls out anyone (black or white) who would offer empty rhetoric instead of change.
With potential violence looming in every scene, images like a public lynching and spitting on central characters (namely Yaya Alafia) permeate the picture. The "N" word is even tossed around freely and frequently, by both good guys and bad guys alike. As immersed into the time period, you'll get a sense of that era in America and learn what your forefathers went through to ensure you didn't have it so rough.