Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
Source: Catholic News Service
Fitfully amusing saga of a movie crew attempting to film British pastor Laurence Sterne's 1767 novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," considered unfilmable because of its wildly nonlinear structure. Director Michael Winterbottom offers a good chunk of the 18th-century story, but devotes equal time to the off-camera travails of lead actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, both "playing" themselves, while a bevy of solid actors (Jeremy Northam, Kelly MacDonald, Stephen Fry, Gillian Anderson) lend appeal to an unevenly satiric film that won't appeal to every taste. Overall bawdy tone, rough language and some profanity, crude expressions, sexual situations and much innuendo, unrelated partial and rear nudity, brief full frontal child nudity including diaper changing and a crude sight gag, graphic childbirth scene, permissive view of premarital affair and parenting, adultery, a visual joke involving a womb. 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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