Friends Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Olivia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) all work for NASA. Unfortunately, they work there in Virginia in the 1960s, so they face both racism and sexism, and it's common for them to be stared at by a whole room. Katherine is a "human computer" who performs complex calculations -- and has to run to another building to use the bathroom because it's the closest one that's not for whites only. Dorothy does all the work and has all the responsibility of a supervisor, but is denied repeatedly for the position. And Mary wants to become an engineer, but she has to sue just to take the required classes at a segregated school.
It's a shame that it took a fictional movie to make these women's contributiions known, but Hidden Figures does so with drama, humor, and a very good sense of history.
Overall grade: A-
Reviewed by James Lynch