Source: Catholic News Service
Bawdy and bustling period drama about a stage actor (Billy Crudup) famed for women's parts in the days before women were allowed to appear in the theater. The actor's livelihood is threatened when King Charles II (Rupert Everett) decides to allow women and ban men appearing in women's roles, while the actor's dresser (Claire Danes), who secretly loves him, becomes a trend-setting actress. Director Richard Eyre's eye-filling epic calls to mind "Shakespeare in Love" in its fast-moving cavalcade of life behind and in front of the curtain, even if some of it isn't very plausible, and the performances are first-rate. Some violence, partial nudity, implied sexual situations, much gender-bending activity, an anti-clerical remark and rough and crude language. 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.
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