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Family Movie Review: The Theory of Everything (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 123 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film is about the relationship and marriage of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, so there is the depiction of the debilitating effects of Lou Gehrig’s disease, some cursing, some kissing, and some sexually themed jokes and content, like an issue of Penthouse magazine (but no portrayal of the nudity inside) and questions regarding a child’s paternity.

The strong performances are the best part of ‘The Theory of Everything,’ which follows the relationship of physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are compelling in the main roles, but the story doesn’t provide quite enough backstory or detail about either of them to invest us fully.

By Roxana Hadadi

Eddie Redmayne works his hardest to earn an Academy Award in “The Theory of Everything,” and he may very well win it. He dedicates every ounce of energy to believably portraying Stephen Hawking through decades of his life, and the physical effect alone—demonstrating a body ravaged by Lou Gehrig’s disease—is staggering. As Hawking’s wife Jane, Felicity Jones is equally compelling, bringing resilience and sympathy to the role. So it’s not their performances that hurt the film, but a somewhat underwritten plot that fails to provide basic details about their identities and their relationship.

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