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Don't Come Knocking

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Source: Catholic News Service

Unsatisfying story of hard-living actor (Sam Shepard) who, post-meltdown, goes AWOL and abandons his location Western movie set, returns home to his mother (Eva Marie Saint) in Nevada, and learns he has a grown son (Gabriel Mann) by a waitress (Jessica Lange) with whom he was involved years ago, while a private eye (Tim Roth) hired by the film studio attempts to find him. Director Wim Wenders, working again from a Shepard script after their "Paris, Texas" teaming, adds his artful cinematic vision to Shepard's familiar themes of the myth versus reality of the American West, the pitfalls of fame, the human capacity for violence, broken families, loneliness and loss, but there's a stilted quality to the story and the performances never quite ring true. Profanity, rough and crude language, some domestic violence, adult thematic material, brief drug references, a crass gesture, dispersal of cremated remains, brief nudity. 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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