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Hollywoodland

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Source: Catholic News Service

Dark speculative story about the mysterious death of George Reeves (a convincing Ben Affleck), the actor who played Superman on TV in the 1950s, as a fictional private eye (Adrien Brody) tries to determine whether the death was indeed suicide, or murder at the hands of his opportunistic starlet girlfriend (Robin Tunney), or by a studio executive with mob connections (Bob Hoskins) married to his paramour (Diane Lane). Director Allen Coulter's film (from Paul Bernbaum's fanciful script) will be of interest to fans of the "Superman" series and those intrigued by Hollywood lore, but there are no conclusive answers, and the anachronistic expletives (the f-word and s-word were not used so commonly in the 1940s and '50s), and overdone sleazy milieu will be a turnoff to many. Strong sexual themes, nongraphic sexual encounters including adultery, pervasive rough and crude language and profanity, some discreet violence with blood and partial shadowy 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 guardian.

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