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Palindromes

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Source: Catholic News Service

Intriguing but, at times, highly disturbing film about a 13-year-old girl (alternately played by seven different actors of varying ages, races and genders, including Jennifer Jason Leigh) determined to have a baby, who, after her mother (Ellen Barkin) forces her to have an abortion, runs away from home and eventually winds up in a household of disabled children run by a cheery evangelical Christian (Debra Monk). Director Todd Solondz's bleak "comedy" mocks both sides of the abortion debate in equal measure without making their representative characters wholly unsympathetic, but the inclusion of candid depictions of what amounts to statutory rape and under-age sex are unsettling and egregiously unwarranted. Explicit though nongraphic sexual content, including pedophilia and sex between minors, brief violence and some rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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