One of the most controversial and influential American men of the 20th Century, Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker whose 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump. Quite a lineage….”Cohn is in many ways the perfect villain: a master of amoral backroom dealing who served as chief aide to Senator Joseph McCarthy, rose to power through his connections and defended gangsters, helped Ronald Reagan come to power, befriended and mentored Donald Trump before being disbarred….The film makes a good case for that legacy being entirely negative, leading to today’s cutthroat, divisive and lie-packed politics. But it also, crucially, makes a case for Cohn being a fascinating subject, a bundle of contradictions…Cohn was Jewish, but a cousin describes him as “the definition of a self-hating Jew.” His family was Democratic, but his political influence was almost always in the service of Republicans. He was a viciously hard-nosed litigator who kept a huge collection of stuffed animals and frog figurines at home. And he was a deeply closeted gay man who waged anti-gay witch hunts and would never admit his sexual orientation even as he was dying of AIDS. (He insisted he had liver cancer, even as his friends the Reagans pulled strings to give him access to experimental AIDS treatments.)… a delectable look at a despicable person — and, as Roger Stone’s arrest showed, a cautionary tale that could scarcely be more timely”—Steve Pond, The Wrap. PG-13. 97 Min.
Where’s My Roy Cohn?