The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Rating: A-III (PG-13)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Full reviews of this and all recent releases are available online at www.usccb.org/movies.
Second big-screen version of the long-running TV series in which two former FBI agents, one now a full-time doctor (Gillian Anderson) and the other a fugitive (David Duchovny), are recruited by a current bureau official (Amanda Peet) to work with a purportedly psychic disgraced priest (Billy Connolly) to solve a kidnapping.
Director and co-writer Chris Carter’s rather ordinary film touches on issues of faith, forgiveness and medical ethics, but treats them only superficially as it pursues an unlikely, somewhat ghoulish plotline.
Action violence, surgical gore including severed limbs and body parts, implied nonmarital relationship, sexual references, occasional crude and crass language, a profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classifications: A-I — general patronage; A-II — adults and adolescents; A-III — adults; A-IV — adults, with reservations (this indicates films that, while not morally offensive in themselves, are not for casual viewing because they required some analysis and explanation in order to avoid false impressions and interpretations); L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; O — morally offensive.