With a few exceptions, critics and audiences have loved "Lee Daniels' The Butler," as it's topped the box office for two weekends in a row. However, the son of one of its subjects is panning the film: Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, called it "a bogus story."
In an interview with Newsmax, Reagan criticized the movie for taking too much liberty with history. "It's a fictionalized account of a true person at the White House, but it's written and directed by a person who, in fact, has another agenda, and that's to disparage the memory of Ronald Reagan," he said.
"The Butler" follows the civil rights movement through the eyes of Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker), a longtime African-American White House servant, inspired by a real life presidential butler named Eugene Allen.
In the film, President Reagan (played by Alan Rickman) and his wife Nancy (played by Jane Fonda, whose casting caused controversy of its own) are depicted to be very fond of Cecil, even inviting him to a State Dinner.
However the movie also includes a scene in which President Reagan refuses to enforce sanctions on South Africa for its policy of apartheid.
"My father was not a racist," Reagan says and later notes that other characters in the film, like Cecil's wife (played by Oprah Winfrey), are also depicted unfairly. A number of Ronald Reagan biographers have slammed the film as well.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama appears to have enjoyed the movie, telling radio host Tom Joyner and co-host Sybil Wilkes that it made him "tear up."