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Happy Endings

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Source: Catholic News Service

Overly long and morally muddled intertwining stories of a woman (Lisa Kudrow) involved with a sex masseur (Bobby Cannavale) while a would-be filmmaker (Jesse Bradford) insists on filming the latter's life in exchange for revealing the identity of a child she had out of wedlock years before; her gay stepbrother (Steve Coogan) and his companion (David Sutcliffe), whose sperm may have been used for the child of lesbian friends Diane (Sarah Clarke) and Pam (Laura Dern); and a singer (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who seduces the sexually conflicted son (Jason Ritter) of a rich businessman (Tom Arnold) before casting an opportunistic eye on the father. Director Don Roos has made an edgy, offbeat comedy not completely devoid of a moral center -- many of the dysfunctional characters ultimately behave decently, and there's a subtext about the value of human life -- but the results are just not profound enough to overcome the general amorality on parade for most of the film's two hours-plus running time. Profanity, crude language and expressions, abortion and artificial insemination, partial nudity, same-sex coupling, premarital and underage sex, drug use, sexual situations including brief partial nudity, and a violent car accident. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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Paul of the Cross: 
		<p>Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching ministry that touched the hearts of many listeners. He was known as one of the most popular preachers of his day, both for his words and for his generous acts of mercy. </p>
		<p>In 1720 Paul founded the Congregation of the Passion, whose members combined devotion to Christ’s passion with preaching to the poor and rigorous penances. Known as the Passionists, they add a fourth vow to the traditional three of poverty, chastity, and obedience, to spread the memory of Christ’s passion among the faithful. Paul was elected superior general of the Congregation in 1747, spending the remainder of his life in Rome. </p>
		<p>Paul of the Cross died in 1775, and was canonized in 1867. Over 2000 of his letters and several of his short writings have survived. </p>
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