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"PHILOMENA"
(2013) (Judi Dench, Steve Coogan) (PG-13)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A former journalist accompanies a woman as she tries to track down the child taken from her fifty years earlier at the orphanage where she gave birth as a teen.
PLOT:
Martin Sixsmith (STEVE COOGAN) has just lost his job as a government PR director, and is contemplating writing a book about Russian history. At a party, he hears the tale of a woman, Philomena Lee (JUDI DENCH), who fifty years earlier gave birth to a boy in a convent as a teen, and was forced to give him up for adoption. Despite his distaste for human interest stories, due to needing the work, and being a former journalist, Martin decides to tackle the story.

He meets the woman who then recounts her time as a teen (SOPHIE KENNEDY CLARK) at the convent in Roscrea, Ireland. After fooling around with a boy, she ended up pregnant and gave birth to Anthony in the convent where the nuns then made her work off part of her penance in the laundry, all while having very limited time with her boy. That child was eventually adopted by a rich family and Philomena never saw him again.

She and Martin then begin their investigative work, a journey that takes them to the convent where they're told the adoption records were destroyed in a fire. Lucking upon a conversation with a local in the know, they then head to the United States to continue their search where Philomena finally learns what became of the son she only briefly knew.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're fans of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references (on appeal from the original R rating for language).


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