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Imaginary Heroes


Source: Catholic News Service

Earnest, if uneven, domestic dysfunction drama about an upscale suburban couple (Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels) trying to come to terms with the sudden suicide of their eldest child (Kip Pardue), causing marital disintegration and sending them, along with their younger teenage son (Emile Hirsch), down separate but similarly self-destructive paths of despair. As directed by Dan Harris, this somber yet ultimately redemptive meditation on guilt, grief, and forgiveness is buttressed by good performances across the board, and explores the interconnectedness of human relations and how the ripple effects of our mistakes affect the lives of others. Recurring substance abuse, including several scenes involving underaged teenagers, sexual situations among minors, one involving partial nudity, an intimate encounter between two boys, a suicide, some violence, as well as repeated rough and crude language and profanity. 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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