Source: Catholic News Service
Well acted and lushly outfitted, but substantially re-imagined, screen version of Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel about a middle-class 1920s Oxford University student (Matthew Goode) who becomes entangled with an aristocratic Catholic dynasty through his almost romantic friendship with its younger son (Ben Whishaw), subsequently clashing with its misguided matriarch (Emma Thompson) and pursuing an adulterous affair with her elder daughter (Hayley Atwell). Director Julian Jarrold's sweeping period drama transforms a Catholic convert's meditation on God's grace into a cautionary tale about the negative effects of guilt-inflicting religious fundamentalism. Nongraphic adulterous sexual activity, brief rear nudity, a passing same-sex kiss, and occasional crass language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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