Butterfly Effect, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Self-inflated thriller about a psychology major (Ashton Kutcher) who learns that the daily journals he has been keeping since an early age hold the key to unlocking repressed memories of traumatic boyhood events, as well as opening the door to the past, allowing him to travel back in time and rewrite a happy ending for the tragic lives of his childhood friends. Rather than exploring the poisonous fruits of child abuse and hubris involved in trying to play God, directors Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber craft an elaborate, though hollow, narrative which quickly implodes into a laughable stew of overwrought confusion and unnecessary vulgarity -- as increasingly ludicrous as it is tedious. Several sexual encounters, brief full-frontal nudity, implied child pornography, homosexual allusions, sporadic graphic violence, a few instances of drug abuse, recurring rough language, profanity and racial slurs. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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