Source: Catholic News Service
Dank and dark 17th-century tale of provocative real-life poet John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp), who has a love-hate relationship with King Charles II (John Malkovich), falling in and out of his favor, and whose womanizing ways are finally tempered by his admiration for an ambitious actress (Samantha Morton) whom he grooms for stardom. Director Laurence Dunmore's adaptation of Stephen Jeffreys' play is reasonably well acted, but slow-moving and distasteful, wallowing excessively in its protagonist's unbridled lusts and the general bawdiness of the age, despite its ostensibly redemptive ending. Much rough and crude language, vulgar sexual expressions and imagery, sexual situations, adultery, partial and rear nudity, crass scene of urination, some anticlerical remarks and 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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