If someone says, "I want to call Dr. Kevorkian," we grasp exactly what that means. You Don't Know Jack, HBO's film starring Al Pacino as the man who made physician-assisted suicide a still-hot national debate, reveals how Jack Kevorkian came to be such a cultural force. His campaign to legalize assisted death gained traction in the 1990s thanks largely to his publicity-hound lawyer, Geoffrey Fieger (Danny Huston). And Kevorkian, who had hoped to get his case to the Supreme Court, managed something bigger: he appeared on 60 Minutes. This sophisticated film suggests that issues can become socially relevant not because their time has come but because they are dragged into the media spotlight.
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