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Beyond the Sea


Source: Catholic News Service

Entertaining -- if dramatically uneven -- biopic about Bobby Darin (Kevin Spacey, who also directed) which traces the singer's life from sickly child in the Bronx, where his bout with rheumatic fever had doctors predicting he wouldn't make it to his 15th birthday, through his early rise to fame, marriage to actress Sandra Dee, and triumphs in nightclubs, film and recording. He did all this while racing the clock with a bad heart, a condition that would fell him at the young age of 36, and coping with a devastating revelation about his parentage. Spacey's singing of the Darin hits is phenomenally good, and even if he looks a mite mature for the role, he pulls it off. Though the flashback framing device is initially awkward, once the story gets going the film is absorbing with several touching scenes. Some rough and profane language and one nonexplicit sexual encounter. 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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