Source: Catholic News Service
Absorbing adaptation of David Auburn's award-winning Broadway play concerning a young woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) coping with the mental illness -- and subsequent death -- of her genius mathematician father (Anthony Hopkins), and fearing that she may have inherited his madness. Director John Madden has sensibly opened up the play for the screen, and with strong performances by Paltrow, Hope Davis as her uptight sister, and Jake Gyllenhaal as her father's ex-student, the play's theme that some things -- like love and trust -- can never be "proven" in a mathematical or scientific sense and must be verified in less concrete terms resonates as well as ever. Scattered instances of profanity, rough and crude language and expressions, a nongraphic premarital sexual encounter, other brief sexual references, and drug use make this best for older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. 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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