Freeheld Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    To Ocean County's finest.

  • Starring:

    Ellen Page, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles, Luke Grimes

  • Directed by:

    Peter Sollett

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are struck to the ground, dragged by a car, wrestled, slammed against a fence, arrested, threatened, near-mugged. Double homicide, murder, serial killer, [political] suicide mentioned. Dangerous driving, car collides with an object. Yelling, door slammed. Blood/gore: Bloody dressing, spot of blood (pinprick test). Medical procedures: MRI, needle injected into skin, band tied around arm for injection, scan images, patient in hospital beds, cancer treatmemts. Bronchoscopy, lymph nodes, masses on lung mentioned.


    A female couple has bedroom sex (mostly implied). Crotch-rubbing, bum-grabbing, kissing, caressing, undressing, flirting. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Photo of nude woman (side profile, no genitals seen). Frequent homosexual discussion/references.


    Packets of white powder (cocaine implied) seen. A woman inhales a cancer drug. Vials of pills seen. Alcohol (beer, spirits, cocktails, wine). Bar settings. Smoking. Cocaine ring, using drugs, being strung out, junkies, moving dope, alcoholic mother, being drunk mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling, misogyny. Slang for breasts. Derogatory term for homosexuals. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.


    Laurel Hester, Stacie Andree, equality, justice, discrimination, relationships, same sex couples, domestic partnership, marriage, homophobia, cancer, undercover police operations, dating, home-making, renovations, auto mechanics, activism, protest, pension, politics, love.


    Dead partner, marriage proposal. Deceased mother, father, uncle (lung cancer) mentioned. Psychiatric institution, nervous breakdown mentioned. Bar, funeral, hospital settings. Dog. Vomiting, hair loss, laboured breathing. Based on a true story.


    Bracing, mainstream, rousing, tear-jerking, sharp, restrained, relevant, urgent, affecting, stirring, unadorned, fact-based, well-intentioned, ennobling, sentimental, heartwarming, timely, humanistic, sincere. Impressive cast, solid acting, vulnerable/emphatic/touching/moving/understated performances, dynamic/compelling performance by Michael Shannon, wonderful chemistry between leads, restrained/gentle/unobtrusive score, realistic/lived-in sets.


    Dutiful, pedestrian, formulaic, uncinematic. Sputtering start, elementary script, poor dialogue, lead actors seem to honour rather than inhabit their characters, Stacie's character is thinly drawn, misjudged performance by Steve Carrell, watches like a telemovie, not as good as the Oscar-winning doco that the film is based on.

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