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Towelhead

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Source: Catholic News Service

Sensitively handled if extremely disquieting coming-of-age story of an alienated 13-year-old Arab-American girl (played by 18-year-old Summer Bishil) living with her divorced Lebanese father (Peter Macdissi) in Texas, who succumbs to a pedophiliac Army reservist (Aaron Eckhart) whose son she baby-sits, until an empathetic neighbor (Toni Collette) interferes. Writer-director Alan Ball's astute adaptation of Alicia Erian's novel is a sober-minded exploration of racism, politics and sexual confusion, impeccably acted by all, including Maria Bello as the father's ex-wife. Its weighty subjects are presented with requisite gravity and touching compassion for its flawed characters, but its redemptive ending involves an implicit endorsement of adolescent sexual activity. Strong sexual content including central pedophilia theme, upper female nudity, rough language and brief profanity, and strong domestic violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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