The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
With 10 children to feed, postwar Ohio housewife Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) has gotten used to being resourceful, stretching her husband's meager salary to the limit. But when clipping coupons won't cut it, she's forced to rely on her creativity. Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern co-star in this uncommon comedy-drama based on a heartwarming memoir by Ryan's daughter, Terry, who recounts her mother's knack for winning contests.
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- Jane Anderson
PG-13Thematic elements, some disturbing images and language
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie includes several tense family scenes, specifically when the father is inebriated and the mother must smooth over his anger and ugliness in front of their children. At one point, furious that a son has had a car accident, the father starts hitting and chasing him through the house; and in an especially disturbing scene, following a brief struggle, the mother falls on glass milk bottles she's carrying, spilling milk and her blood (from the broken glass) all over the floor, as children look on and cry. The kids reveal their own fears and resentment, fretting that Mom will leave even for a day, and once singing a version of "Row your boat" where they imagine throwing Dad overboard "just to hear him scream."
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Mom is injured during a fall in the home (alarming her kids); dad becomes violent against furniture when drunk.
- Some cursing, out of frustration and anger (including the f-word).
- Social Behavior
- Dad is a terrible model, depressed and abusive; mom is a "saint," kids are confused.
- All about advertising: brands named include: Dial, Beechnut gum, Frigidaire, Parkay, Ritz crackers, Samonsite, Black Label beer, Dr. Pepper.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Dad is an unhappy, belligerent alcoholic.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it