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Idlewild

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Source: Catholic News Service

Prohibition-era musical drama set mostly in a Georgia speak-easy about a timid piano player (Andre Benjamin) who falls for the club's glamorous diva (Paula Patton) and his childhood friend (Antwan A. Patton), a brash bootlegger, who, when not cheating with showgirls on his long-suffering wife (Malinda Williams), is dodging the bullets of an ambitious gangster (Terrence Howard). Director Bryan Barber injects his period piece with a contemporary hip-hop vibe, resulting in a bold, brassy film brimming with visual pizzazz and jazzy musical numbers but short on story. The film's obscenity-laden dialogue, gratuitous raunchiness and brutality, while objectionable, are offset by a redemptive ending. Pervasive rough and crude language and profanity, some strong violence, a couple of racy sexual encounters, one with shadowy nudity, adultery, an attempted suicide, risque costuming and choreography and some racial epithets. 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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