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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Source: Catholic News Service

Overly long but imaginative expansion of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story set in New Orleans about a man born old (Brad Pitt) who ages backward from World War I to the present and his bittersweet romance with a dancer (Cate Blanchett). Under David Fincher's direction, the leads give fine performances and outstanding digital effects make the forward and backward aging remarkably believable, and the unusual story—presenting a unique, often profound perspective on the transience of human life and how we deal with the people we meet and the things we experience, including death—is thought-provoking and poignant. Implied nonmarital situations including nongraphic encounters, some rough language and brief profanity, mild innuendo, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, adultery, brief rear nudity and wartime violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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