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Phantom of the Opera, The

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Opulent film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical about the disfigured madman in an 1870 opera house in Paris, the young soprano whom he coaches from behind her dressing room mirror, and the young count who loves her. Joel Schumacher's film is visually magnificent, and the lush soundtrack offers a fine earful, but the Phantom (Gerard Butler) is portrayed as too much the handsome Byronic hero to be truly terrifying, Christine (Emmy Rossum) is beautiful but dolefully impassive, and Raoul (Patrick Wilson) bland, with unconvincing lip-syncing that detracts from the drama. Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver, Simon Callow and Ciaran Hinds excel in supporting roles. Fleeting rear nudity by a background extra, a few coarse words and some violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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