Source: Catholic News Service
Somber working-class story of a good-hearted construction worker (an empathetic Nick Stahl) who bonds with his sister's 11-year-old daughter (AnnaSophia Robb) when her promiscuous mother (Charlize Theron) suddenly deserts them, eventually taking the girl to stay with his abusive farmer father (Dennis Hopper) after he loses his job and they run out of money. The central relationship between uncle and niece is touching, and performances, including Woody Harrelson and Deborra-Lee Furness as the man's concerned workmates, are fine, but first-time director William Maher's film is more sordid than uplifting, and the ending, redemptive in one sense, is morally problematic in another. Pervasive rough language and some profanity, a sexual encounter without nudity, some frank sexual remarks, domestic violence and murder, and underage smoking. 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 adult guardian.
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