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Well-acted, edgy, but only so-so comedy-drama about a self-absorbed, arrogant college professor-widower (a fine Dennis Quaid) in midlife crisis who improbably falls in love with a former student, now a doctor (Sarah Jessica Parker), while coping with a freeloading brother (Thomas Haden Church), a precocious, overachieving daughter (Ellen Page) and a distant son (Ashton Holmes). Mark Jude Poirier's intelligent screenplay -- well paced by first-time feature director Noam Munro -- is perceptive of human nature in many ways, but strong language and unconventional plot elements may bother viewers despite the morally sound wrap-up. Nongraphic premarital sex, condom use, frank sexual remarks, rough language, brief rear nudity, brief teenage drinking and drug use. 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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Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: The actions of these two influential Jewish leaders give insight into the charismatic power of Jesus and his teachings—and the risks that could be involved in following him.
<p><b>Joseph</b> was a respected, wealthy civic leader who had become a disciple of Jesus. Following the death of Jesus, Joseph obtained Jesus' body from Pilate, wrapped it in fine linen and buried it. For these reasons Joseph is considered the patron saint of funeral directors and pallbearers. More important is the courage Joseph showed in asking Pilate for Jesus' body. Jesus was a condemned criminal who had been publicly executed. According to some legends, Joseph was punished and imprisoned for such a bold act.
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