Night Listener, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Adaptation of Armistead Maupin novel -- "inspired by true events" -- about a gay radio host (Robin Williams) who develops a paternal phone friendship with a young fan (Rory Culkin) who has AIDS and was sexually abused as a child, but then begins to doubt the boy's existence, and wonders if he's not actually speaking with the teenager's blind adoptive mother (Toni Collette). Director and co-writer Patrick Stettner's gloomy but suspenseful film is part psychological drama, part mystery in the M. Night Shyamalan manner, but though the performances are solid and there are some chills, the result is, on the whole, unconvincing. Profanity, rough and crude language, sexual elements including brief footage of an orgy with partial nudity, innuendo, some 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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