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Overall B+

Guilty or not, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) finds his vocation and reputation in jeopardy when doubt is cast on the appropriate nature of his relationship with one of his students (Joseph Foster) in a church-run school. The accusations come from an impressionable young nun (Amy Adams) and Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep), the institution's strict principal who has never had much sympathy for Father Flynn's more lax approach to education and religion.

Violence B
Sexual Content B
Profanity B
Substance Use C-

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Doubt

In what ways do Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius differ in their dealings with the students in the school? How do they feel about each other’s approach?

Is there a balance between faith in the unseen and reliance on fact? Can evidence be misconstrued or biased? Are there times when individuals need to rely on intuition or a “gut-feeling” when dealing with others?

Does Hollywood’s depiction of religious leaders influence the way you perceive these men and women of faith?

 

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