Starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina HendricksIn Theaters: July 1, 2007Runtime: 45 min 8.7
Donald Draper is a very complicated man. He is the best of the best at the ad agency where he works in the 1960s, a rather misanthropic boys' club that is on the verge of changing. He is especially good at his job because he has been spinning the truth his whole life. He doesn't even go by his real name; his true past is a complex mystery that is unveiled over the course of several seasons. He's the married father of two, but he has little happiness in his marriage, and his wife, Betty, is downright miserable as she's left alone all day to look after the children. The highly stylized world of 1960s ad agencies comes under intense scrutiny, and the creativity of everyone who worked on these campaigns comes to light. Issues such as the difficulty of promoting dangerous products like cigarettes are exposed, and all of the characters have unexpected nuances. This is particularly true of Peggy, an ambitious young woman who starts as a secretary and begins creating ads herself.