Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Appealing true-life story of a 1950s' Midwestern housewife (Julianne Moore in top form) with a knack for winning jingle-writing contests which help support her large family (10 kids) and alcoholic husband (a touching Woody Harrelson). Writer-director Jane Anderson's candy-colored film is a whimsical evocation of that decade, filled with kitschy visuals, but the story delivers a strong emotional punch, and a resounding affirmation of the primacy of family and the importance of forgiveness. Brief negative portrayal of a priest, alcoholism theme, brief bloody aftermath of a car crash and mild domestic violence, including an episode involving blood. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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