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"LINCOLN"
(2012) (Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Having just started his second term, President Abraham Lincoln works to get the 13th Amendment passed while simultaneously trying to bring about an end to the Civil War.
PLOT:
It's January 1865 and Abraham Lincoln (DANIEL DAY-LEWIS) has just been sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. The Civil War is still waging on, led on the North's side by Ulysses S. Grant (JARED HARRIS), but many want it to draw to a close, including Lincoln. With youngest son Tad (GULLIVER McGRATH) running about underfoot, wife Mary (SALLY FIELD) becoming unhinged at times due to her headaches and continued grief over the loss of a son in the past; and oldest son Robert (JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT) desperately wanting to join the Army, the President has a full agenda.

That includes his desire to abolish slavery via the Thirteenth Amendment, something fervently supported by Republican House Ways and Means Committee chairman Thaddeus Stevens (TOMMY LEE JONES) and equally opposed by Congressman Fernando Wood (LEE PACE) and his cronies. In hopes of eliciting the House votes needs to ensure passage, Secretary of State William Seward (DAVID STRATHAIRN) employs three operatives -- Richard Schell (TIM BLAKE NELSON), Robert Latham (JOHN HAWKES) and William N. Bilboe (JAMES SPADER) -- to do whatever it takes to convince the holdouts and fence sitters to vote their way.

At the same time, influential Republican operative Francis Preston Blair (HAL HOLBROOK) sets out to establish a potential peace treaty between the North and South, the latter represented by Vice President of the Confederate States of America Alexander Stephens (JACKIE EARLE HALEY). With time running out before the pivotal vote, Lincoln does what he can to get the amendment passed, all while balancing that against the needs of ending the war.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're interested in the historical/political aspects and/or are fans of someone in the cast or films by director Steven Spielberg, it doesn't seem that likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language.


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