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When a Man Loves a Woman

When a Man Loves a Woman
When a Man Loves a Woman
When a Man Loves a Woman
  • R
  • 2h 5m
  • 1994
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Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia deliver critically acclaimed performances in this inspiring motion picture. As Alice and Michael, Ryan and Garcia are a passionate couple whose once-stable marriage is rocked by her increasing dependence on alcohol. As they strive to overcome this challenge, they discover a renewed sense of love and commitment. Sparked by hope and ignited by riveting star performances, WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN is a story of fiery passion and the enduring power of love.
© 1994 Touchstone Pictures

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Common Sense Says
Exceptional tale of a family in crisis; cursing, alcoholism.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that When a Man Loves a Woman is an adult love story with mature themes. The film confronts the realities of substance abuse as it affects all members of one family with an alcoholic at its center. Because the movie honestly portrays both points of view as a husband and wife struggle to find their way together, it's poignant and complex. Their children are profoundly affected. Disturbing scenes involve heavy drinking, out-of-control behavior, angry outbursts, and two life-threatening "accidents" that are caused by drunkenness. Playful sexuality is part of the fabric of the couple's life together: They flirt, they kiss, and they're sensual, although there's no overt sexual activity. One character is briefly seen in a bra, later nude from the back. Occasional profanity is heard ("f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," "bastard"). Characters smoke. This movie tugs at the heartstrings. It elicits strong emotions, encourages in-depth understanding of self-destructive behaviors, and delivers insightful messages about personal responsibility. At the same time, the characters are so beautifully drawn and so accessible that they will stay with audiences long after the final credits. Given the subject matter and the intensity of the emotional journey, this is a movie only for grown-ups and mature teens.

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Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 29, 1994
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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