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The Public

The Public
The Public
The Public
  • PG-13
  • 2h 0m
  • 2019
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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In "The Public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Its intentions are sometimes easier to appreciate than its execution, but The Public remains an earnest and reasonably engaging social advocacy drama.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inspiring story about homelessness has some mature content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Public is a drama about a group of homeless men attempting to spend the night in the Cincinnati Public Library during a brutal cold snap. Emilio Estevez wrote and directed and stars as the librarian who must make a hard choice. Uplifting and inspiring, the drama takes a warm, compassionate look at the problem of homelessness and simultaneously celebrates public libraries. That said, it does have some mature material. Language includes sporadic uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and more; characters kiss; and a large group of naked men is shown (their bare bottoms are visible). A secondary character is said to be a drug user, a main character is a recovering addict, and a man drinks from a small bottle of booze. One man is punched, a character dies from the cold, and there's a tense police presence, as well as some violent dialogue.

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 5, 2019
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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