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In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (2015 Academy Award® nominee Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards® and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
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Critics Consensus: Trumbo serves as an honorable and well-acted tribute to a brilliant writer's principled stand, even if it doesn't quite achieve the greatness of its subject's own classic screenplays.
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Common Sense Says
Entertaining Hollywood story has important history lesson.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trumbo is a biographical drama about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston), who was branded a Communist in the 1950s, served jail time, and was blacklisted. The movie offers a powerful, important history lesson for teens who might not otherwise know about this period. Language is the biggest issue, with several (but by no means constant) uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "a--hole" and "p---y." The main character is seen naked, but nothing other than his bottom is shown. There are also some sexual references. Violence isn't really an issue, but there is some arguing and shouting, plus a scene in which a man threatens another with a baseball bat, smashing windows and nearby objects. Expect lots of period-accurate cigarette smoking, and lots of whisky drinking (and pill taking) by the main character.
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- Release Date:November 6, 2015
- Audio Format:5.1