Source: Catholic News Service
Sharply observed suburban story of an unhappy wife (Kate Winslet, in peak form) and a stay-at-home dad (Patrick Wilson) who gradually fall in love and commence an adulterous affair after meeting at the local playground against the backdrop of a community all aflutter because a convicted sex offender (Jackie Earle Haley) has moved into his mother's (Phyllis Somerville) house there. Director and co-writer Todd Field's black comedy, with its pitch-perfect performances (including those of Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Connelly, Jane Adams and Gregg Edelman), is one of those films that illuminates the human condition, even as it presents characters whose behavior is deeply flawed, while capped by a deeply moral and redemptive ending. Some rough and crude language and expressions; profanity; several brief sexual encounters, one particularly graphic with rear male nudity; upper and rear female nudity elsewhere; adultery; some implied aberrant sexual activity; and bloody self-mutilation. 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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