(2016) (Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A white man and black woman must contend with the ramifications of being married and living in the state of Virginia during the 1950s and '60s.
- It's 1958 and Richard (JOEL EDGERTON) and Mildred Loving (RUTH NEGGA) travel to Washington, D.C. to get married, what with interracial marriages still being illegal in neighboring Virginia. While Richard's midwife mother is a bit cool if accepting of the union, Mildred's family, including her sister, Garnet (TERRI ABNEY), have no problems with that, nor does Richard's black, drag racing friend, Raymond (ALANO MILLER).
Those who do have problems include Caroline County Sheriff Brooks (MARTON CSOKAS) who arrests the couple for breaking the law and Judge Bazille (DAVID JENSEN) who threatens them with extended jail time. Thankfully for them, local lawyer Frank Beazely (BILL CAMP) gets the charges and incarceration time dropped in exchange for the couple moving out of the state. They do by relocating to Washington, D.C., but when they return to have Richard's mother deliver their first baby, Sheriff Brooks gets wind of that and arrests them again.
They return to D.C. and have more kids, but while Richard is content with living there, Mildred hates the notion of their kids growing up in the city and having to play on the streets. Accordingly, she takes someone's advice to contact Robert Kennedy about their situation, and while he can't help out, volunteer ACLU attorney Bernie Cohen (NICK KROLL) wants to take their case. That's not only due to the injustice they've suffered, but also because he thinks this could be a landmark case that could go all of way to the Supreme Court, a sentiment shared by fellow attorney Phil Hirschkop (JON BASS).
With Richard simply wanting to lay low and not make any waves, Mildred accepts the spotlight including having them featured by LIFE Magazine photographer Grey Villet (MICHAEL SHANNON). As the months pass by, the couple tries to get on with their lives after having returned to live in Virginia, all while waiting for the legal process to play out and determine whether they can live there as husband and wife.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might be interested, especially if they're intrigued by the real-life story and court case. Otherwise, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements.
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