“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (Annapurna)

Bella Heathcote stars in a scene from the movie "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Annapurna Pictures)

By Catholic News Service

Fans of the superheroine Wonder Woman are advised to steer well clear of this sordid story about the comic’s creator, William Moulton Marston (1893-1947). A behavioral psychologist who believed in so-called free love, sadomasochism, and open marriage, Marston (Luke Evans) engages his wife (Rebecca Hall) and a comely student (Bella Heathcote) in a three-way relationship.

The astonishing love triangle endures for years and multiple babies are born. When the truth is revealed and he loses his job, Marston turns to writing, and his trademark creation is born, filled with his warped views and devoid of traditional morality. Regrettably, writer-director Angela Robinson eagerly hoists the banner of relativism and paints a sympathetic picture of the trio and their outrageous behavior.

A negative view of religion, strong sexual content with nudity, a benign view of aberrant behavior, pornography and birth control, sexual banter, frequent rough language and one profane oath. The Catholic News Service 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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