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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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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome: There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in 57-58 A.D.. 
<p>There was a large Jewish population in Rome. Probably as a result of controversy between Jews and Jewish Christians, the Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews from Rome in 49-50 A.D. Suetonius the historian says that the expulsion was due to disturbances in the city “caused by the certain Chrestus” [Christ]. Perhaps many came back after Claudius’s death in 54 A.D. Paul’s letter was addressed to a Church with members from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds. </p><p>In July of 64 A.D., more than half of Rome was destroyed by fire. Rumor blamed the tragedy on Nero, who wanted to enlarge his palace. He shifted the blame by accusing the Christians. According to the historian Tacitus, many Christians were put to death because of their “hatred of the human race.” Peter and Paul were probably among the victims. </p><p>Threatened by an army revolt and condemned to death by the senate, Nero committed suicide in 68 A.D. at the age of 31.</p> American Catholic Blog People are not perfect. But God does not only call upon great saints to reveal his love for the world. He also calls the broken and desperate. We are all called to act as God’s light in this darkening world.

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