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Meandering New York-based tale of a complacent commercial-jingle writer (Martin Freeman), whose relationship with his live-in girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow) has soured, so he begins to fantasize about an idealized woman (Penelope Cruz), and with the help of a New Age dream expert (Danny DeVito), works to conjure her in his sleep (even during the day) to escape his increasing doldrums. Despite Freeman's hangdog appeal, and decent performances from a cast that includes Simon Pegg and Michael Gambon, viewers of writer-director Jake Paltrow's feature-film debut may find refuge in sleep themselves. Pervasive rough language and casual profanity, crude expressions and sexual references, a nonmarital living arrangement, brief upper female nudity, sexual groping and implied masturbation. 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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Catherine of Alexandria: According to the <i>Legend of St. Catherine</i>, this young woman converted to Christianity after receiving a vision. At the age of 18, she debated 50 pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and debating skills, they became Christians—as did about 200 soldiers and members of the emperor’s family. All of them were martyred. 
<p>Sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel, Catherine touched the wheel and it shattered. She was beheaded. Centuries later, angels are said to have carried the body of St. Catherine to a monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai. </p><p>Devotion to her spread as a result of the Crusades. She was invoked as the patroness of students, teachers, librarians and lawyers. Catherine is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, venerated especially in Germany and Hungary.</p> American Catholic Blog We exist because God is infinitely beautiful, infinitely good, and overflowing with a love that seeks to share itself. When he made us and placed us in this glittering created world, it was an act of pure generosity.

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