Source: Catholic News Service
Overheated and grim melodrama about an emotionally fragile woman (Julianne Moore) who says she was carjacked near a predominantly black housing project, with her assailant taking off in the car with her son in the back seat, and the police detective (Samuel L. Jackson) who attempts to uncover the truth while keeping racial tensions at bay. Joe Roth's film, based on Richard Price's bestseller, is finely acted by its two leads and by Edie Falco as the head of a missing-children advocacy group, but despite a worthy premise, a redemptive ending, and a central character imbued with a strong faith the movie is undermined by plot contrivances. Much profanity and rough language, racial epithets, riot violence, some blood, drug references, an intense emotional breakdown, an unwed mother, adultery, domestic and child abuse, a fall from a window. 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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