Source: Catholic News Service
This complex and challenging but ultimately flawed film tells three interlocking stories, all featuring one male protagonist (Ryan Reynolds) and two female protagonists (Melissa McCarthy and Hope Davis) who struggle to guide him in opposite directions, as well as a recurring cast of witnesses to the struggle (Elle Fanning, David Denman and Octavia Spenser). Writer-director John August's film, a prolonged exploration of the nature of creativity, both human and divine, elicits some outstanding performances, though the script eventually gets bogged down in its own metaphysical woolgathering. Sexual activity, some of it adulterous; much rough, crude and crass language; two instances of profanity; irresponsible drinking; drug use; prostitution; and irreverent speech and behavior. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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