RBG, Julie Cohen’s and Betsy West’s profile of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is an entertaining, informative look at an unlikely but warranted pop culture icon. Nimbly jumping between the present and her 1993 confirmation hearings, the documentary weaves in the usual bevy of archival photographs and footage, interviews with family, friends, famous allies (among them Gloria Steinem and President Bill Clinton) and the subject herself to create a thorough biography.
Fittingly made by an all-woman core crew, the doc skews a bit to hagiography with a scolding of then-candidate Donald Trump apparently Ginsburg’s lone life misstep. The film also somewhat skimps on how she's become a meme-worthy celebrity in her 80s, though the straightforward depictions of her numerous dissents in the 2010s provide sufficient proof for why she’s attained that status.
Grade: B-plus. Rated PG. Starts May 18 at the Fine Arts Theatre
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