An American Affair

Rating: O (R)

NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Odd coming-of-age tale, set in 1963 Washington, about a 13-year-old Catholic schoolboy (Cameron Bright) who spies on, and becomes obsessed with, a free-spirited artist (Gretchen Mol) who lives in his neighborhood, despite being warned against her by his otherwise indifferent parents (Perrey Reeves and Noah Wyle). Director William Sten Olsson’s cliche-ridden feature debut, which promotes wayward values while trashing nuns and parochial education, clumsily attempts to graft Camelot-era historical events — the painter is one of President Kennedy’s mistresses and the ex-wife of a CIA agent (Mark Pellegrino) — onto a personal narrative of adolescent sexual yearning and aspirations for independence.

Brief graphic adulterous sexual activity, masturbation, voyeurism, upper female nudity, a pornographic image, some rough and crude language, and a couple of uses of profanity.

The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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