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Evelyn

An Irish father is forced to fight the establishment after his wife deserts him, and the government places his young children in the care of the Catholic Church. Based on the real life plight of Desmond Doyle, Evelyn recounts the precedent setting case. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 02 Dec 2002
Video Release: 14 Apr 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Evelyn Rated PG?


Overall: B

An Irish father is forced to fight the establishment after his wife deserts him, and the government places his young children in the care of the Catholic Church. Based on the real life plight of Desmond Doyle, Evelyn recounts the precedent setting case with the inclusion of excessive drinking and language concerns.

Violence: B

A parents’ argument is overheard. Man claims he never hit a woman even though she gave him just cause. An angry man takes a swing at a priest who returns the punch. A nun straps a child’s hands, and strikes another across the face. Man clenches nun’s face in his hands while uttering a threat. Man falls from a wall slight injuries shown. Man’s crotch is snagged while climbing a barbwire fence. Man with gun and guard dogs chases a trespasser. Rugby players tackle one another.

Sexual Content: B+

A woman leaves her husband for another man. Brief jokes are made about a wife’s lack of passion, and Oscar Wilde’s sexual orientation. Woman resists a man’s kiss, and refers to his marital status. A couple kisses on two occasions.

Language: C

At least: 7 moderate and 14 mild profanities, 12 terms of deity used as expletives, 1 crude anatomical phrase, and various name-calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C

Main character smokes and drinks excessively through out. Other characters are also shown drinking and smoking. Many scenes take place in a pub setting. Alcohol is also consumed on social occasions and from pocket flasks. Drinking and driving is portrayed.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Character claims the church and state are in cahoots. A nun is depicted as controlling and abusive. Authority figures are shown as unbending and unfeeling. The Irish are shown as having a very accepting attitude toward drinking. Gambling is portrayed positively.

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