Being the Ricardos is a biographical drama written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, about the relationship between the “I Love Lucy” cast of Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, and Vivian Vance. I anticipated the story to be mostly about the relationships between the four actors and a little about their personal lives.  Instead, I was surprised they decided to go with the horrifying McCarthy era of communist accusations against Lucille Ball.  Not a funny situation but a well-written story.  I would rather they had gone with my expectations.

The film is told from three perspectives: interviews with the show’s three lead writers: Jess Oppenheimer (Tony Hale/John Rubinstein), Madelyn Pugh (Alia Shawkat/Linda Lavin), and Bob Carroll Jr. (Jake Lacy/Ronny Cox); flashbacks; and preparations for a live taping in 1953.

In 1939, 28-year-old and single actress, Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) is contracted to RKO Pictures.  Because she…

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