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The Reader

Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes) is still haunted by a steamy love affair he had as a teenager (played by David Kross) with an older woman (Kate Winslet) named Hannah Schmitz. What began as reading books to an attractive stranger eventually leads to a heart-searching examination of himself and society when Michael later learns Hannah's past may include committing criminal atrocities during WWII. Get the movie review and more. »

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Drugs/Alcohol: --
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 09 Jan 2009
Video Release: 14 Apr 2009
MPAA Rating: R
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p>Release Date: 12 December 2008 (Limited)

Opening Wide: 9 January 2009

Because we only review G, PG, and PG-13 movies at Parent Previews we did not review this title. For your convenience, we have provided some brief information about the film’s synopsis and content.

Synopsis: Michael Berg (Ralph Fiennes) is still haunted by a steamy love affair he had as a teenager (played by David Kross) with an older woman (Kate Winslet) named Hannah Schmitz. What began as reading books to an attractive stranger eventually leads to a heart-searching examination of himself and society when Michael later learns Hannah’s past may include committing criminal atrocities during WWII.

Director: Stephen Daldry

Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz.

Content Information:

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:

Violence:

- Infrequent depictions of hand-to-hand violence (no blood or detail shown).

- References to war crimes.

- Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content:

- Frequent portrayals of implied sexual activity, some involving a minor.

- Nudity is seen in a sexual situation.

- Nudity (including depictions of buttocks, breasts and male-frontal nudity) is also seen in non-sexual contexts.

- Portrayals of crude bodily functions.

- Embracing and kissing

- Sexual references and innuendo

Language:

- Infrequent profanities.

Drug and Alcohol Use:

- Depictions of tobacco use.

Of Special Note:

In Hearts in Atlantis, a young boy slowly discovers the hidden secrets of his neighbor with failing eyesight when he accepts a job reading the newspaper to him.

Home Video Notes:The Reader releases to DVD and Blu-ray on 14 April 2009.

The Reader is rated R: for some scenes of sexuality and nudity.

Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Bruno Ganz
Studio: 2008 Weinstein Company
Website: Official site for The Reader.

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