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Father Stu

Father Stu
Father Stu
Father Stu
  • R
  • 2h 5m
  • 2022
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Based on a true story, Father Stu is an unflinchingly honest, funny and uplifting story about finding purpose in a most unexpected place. After surviving a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way — and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of Church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him but countless others along the way.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Mark Wahlberg is hard-working but miscast in Father Stu, an issue compounded by the way the movie fumbles its fact-based story.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Un-inspirational biopic has swearing, intense crash.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Father Stu is a biopic about Stuart "Stu" Long (Mark Wahlberg), a former boxer who decided to become a priest and was then diagnosed with a progressive muscle disorder called inclusion body myositis. While it's clearly meant to be inspirational, the movie is instead abrasive and irritating, with a lot of mature content. Violence includes a graphic traffic accident: A man is thrown from a motorcycle and then run over by a car, sustaining bloody wounds. There are also violent boxing sequences with more blood, and Stu punches several people (and objects). Extremely strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and more. Stu drinks beer, gets drunk, and drives, and a secondary character is said to have an alcohol dependency (there's a scene at an AA meeting). Characters smoke cigarettes, and there are sexual situations, sex-related dialogue, flirting, kissing, etc.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 13, 2022
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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