Source: Catholic News Service
Downbeat but well-acted domestic drama set in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., about the depressed son (an especially fine Joaquin Phoenix) of Jewish dry cleaners (Moni Monoshov and Isabella Rossellini) torn between his emotionally troubled new gentile neighbor (Gwyneth Paltrow) who considers him a friend, and the stable young Jewish woman (Vinessa Shaw) who loves him. Directed with low-key naturalism by James Gray, the familiar triangular tale scores for characterization and mood, and the characters are, on the whole, presented with compassion and sensitivity. An adulterous affair, suicide attempt, two brief nonmarital sexual encounters without nudity, unwed pregnancy, brief upper female nudity, drug references, several uses of the F-word as an expletive and brief profanity. 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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