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Lorenzo’s Oil

Released

Latest Home Video

Apr 06, 2004

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

129

Cast

Nick Nolte

Susan Sarandon

Studio

1992 Universal Pictures

Still shot from the movie: Lorenzo’s Oil.

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OverallA
ViolenceA
SexA
LanguageA-
Drugs/Alcohol--
Run Time129

Making the Grades

Starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, Lorenzo's Oil is a movie based on the real life work and research done by Augusto and Michaela Odone, and their search for a cure for a rare disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) which their son has.

Director George Miller, a doctor who financed some of his earlier films while practising medicine, brings a film to the screen that nails you to your seat and doesn't let you leave. He links the story elements together and brings your heart into the lives of this struggling family, as they desperately search everywhere for a cure for their son.

After being told by the researchers that this is very interesting, but it will take months before we know what to do, they decide to go find a cure themselves. "When you are in a strange country, you learn the language," says Nolte playing Augusto Odone. And that's just what they did. Spending days in libraries and arranging medical conferences, Odone made himself a doctor. Finally, in the humble substance of olive oil (a significant religious symbol) a cure was found, and Odone was given an honourary doctorate for his work.

This film shines for displaying just what a marriage can go through, and still survive. It has a "don't give up" attitude that the world needs to sit down and take a close look at. It doesn't blame the medical profession, it doesn't point fingers, it just shows what two parents can do out of love for their son.

With one minor obscenity in the entire film, this movie gets a rousing four A rating. Once again the MPAA rating system fails miserably by classifying this movie as PG-13. Any movie portraying drug use must fall into this classification. The drugs in this movie are derived from olive oil, and are being used to save someone's life. Don't let the PG-13 rating dissuade you. Although this film is heavy going, it is wonderful viewing material for all family members who can understand the situation.

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to Lorenzo’s Oil.

Other desperate parents look for ways to help their seriously ill children in the movies John Q, Extraordinary Measures, My Sister’s Keeper and The Brooke Ellison Story.

Canadian Movie Ratings

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Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: NA

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