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Rated PG-13 · 103 minutes · 2015

Biography, Drama, Romance
Oh Dear. I was set to love Freeheld, Peter Sollett's adaptation of the Oscar-winning documentary about New Jersey cop Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), and her fight in the face of terminal illness and bigoted policies towards gay couples to have her pension go to her partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page), upon her death. Okay, so, a story about justice, with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page? How do you fuck that up? Oh, I guess by casting Steve Carell as a caricature of a gay man (WHY), but also half-Michael Scott (DOUBLE WHY), making his appearance in what's a mostly serious movie both jarring and offensive! But what makes Freeheld so entirely frustrating is that, actually, it's almost good. Page and Moore are excellent as Stacie and Laurel (seriously, Ellen Page has a sad face to rival Claire Danes' "crying imminent" signature move). Josh Charles is a character actor I am glad to see in literally anything, including here, as a freeholder with a conscience. And Michael Shannon is great as Hester's partner—maybe too great? One of the criticisms I've seen leveled at Freeheld is that it takes a story about a lesbian couple and turns it into the tale of a white, straight dude learning how not to be bigoted (103 min.).
Official Site: www.lionsgate.com/movies/freeheld
Director: Peter Sollett
Producer: Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Cynthia Wade, Jack Selby, Duncan Montgomery, James Stern, Julie Goldstein, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Kelly Bush and Ellen Page
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles, Luke Grimes, Skipp Sudduth, Steve Carell, Tom McGowan, Dennis Boutsikaris, Mary Birdsong and Gabriel Luna

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