Source: Catholic News Service
Picturesque, nicely acted, but rather muted English film about a world-weary country vicar (Rowan Atkinson), his boy-crazy daughter (Tamsin Egerton), bullied son (Toby Parkes) and frustrated wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) who's having a dalliance with a sleazy golf instructor (Patrick Swayze), all of whose lives are altered for the better by a resourceful housekeeper with a mysterious past (a delightful Maggie Smith). Director and co-writer Niall Johnson's quirky black comedy gets better as it progresses, but overall could have been sharper. While some may view the film's central conceit -- murder without retribution -- problematic, the satirical context tempers objections. Unnecessary conversational uses of the f-word, some profanity and crude language, an adulterous affair (though not consummated), brief and distant upper female nudity, innuendo, voyeurism and nongraphic violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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