Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 98 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. The f-word is dropped a couple of times; nuns in the Catholic Church comes off looking pretty terrible; and the pivotal plot point includes a baby born outside of marriage to a young mother who is then abandoned by her family. Heavy stuff, but the film’s characters have a good, dry wit to keep themselves afloat among this despair; the film will be a good one for teens and parents to watch together.
‘Philomena’ impressively manages to be two wildly different things at once: a social issue agenda movie and a class-conflict buddy comedy. Unsurprisingly, Judi Dench’s performance is the best thing about it.
By Roxana Hadadi
What can’t Judi Dench do? She may not get an Oscar nomination for “Philomena” in this year’s stacked race, but that doesn’t mean she’s slouching. The film, which uncovers a shocking part of Church history while managing to be fairly comedic, revolves around her strong, sympathetic performance. As Philomena, a woman who made a mistake decades ago and is still struggling with how those she trusted most did her wrong, Dench is pitch-perfect. Hug your mothers, everyone. Hug your mothers.