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Revolutionary Road

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Source: Catholic News Service

Impeccably filmed and acted adaptation of Richard Yates' greatly lauded 1961 novel about an unhappy suburban Connecticut couple (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet) torn between middle-class inertia and fulfilling their youthful aspirations by uprooting to Paris. Director Sam Mendes takes a strikingly stylized approach to the repressed 1950s milieu, and the story speaks powerfully to the restrictive conformity of that era, but the thematic material—including adultery and abortion—and sporadically strong language may not be to every taste. Extreme domestic discord, rough language and profanity, adultery, brief upper female nudity, abortion references, two nongraphic sexual encounters and heavy 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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