Lakeview Terrace

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.

Tensely absorbing racial drama about mixed-race newlyweds (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) who move into a Southern California house next to a slyly threatening Los Angeles police officer (Samuel L. Jackson in top form) who deeply resents their union and proceeds to menace them. Director Neil LaBute slowly builds the suspense, but what starts as a fairly subtle psychological drama — with some interesting observations on racism and stereotypes — eventually morphs into a standard thriller. Rough and crude language, some profanity, moderate violence, murder, nongraphic sexuality, vulgar sexual allusions, birth control and drug references. 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.

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