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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 98 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 14+. Alfred Hitchcock is a legend for creating some of Hollywood’s most suspenseful and scary films, so there is a general atmosphere of that in this film, with some violence, beatings, and discussion of the creation of the film “Psycho,” with its climactic shower stabbing scene. There is also some kissing, sexually themed jokes and innuendo (a husband believes his wife is having an affair, a man unabashedly obsessed with young actresses), very infrequent cursing, and drinking and smoking.
‘Hitchcock’ isn’t going to spill the secrets of Alfred Hitchcock’s life, because it’s mainly a hypothetical examination of what the director was going through while trying to create ‘Psycho.’ But strong performances from Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren make the sometimes-sensationalistic ‘Hitchcock’ easily enjoyable.
By Roxana Hadadi
In a movie with young bombshells like Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel, it’s 67-year-old Helen Mirren who will captivate your attention throughout “Hitchcock.” As legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s wife and frequent collaborator, Alma Reville, Mirren (of “Arthur,” “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” and “The Debt”) is steely and determined, accepting of her husband’s obsession with beautiful actresses but frustrated with her own acceptance. Alma was one of the driving forces behind Hitchcock’s work, and Mirren’s performance is one of the best things about this kind-of biopic. Hurray, women!