Drama Romantic - This fact-based drama is centered around gay rights and general gay
themes. Language and general adult subject matter make the film not
for kids. Julianne Moore and Ellen Page fans will
enjoy this major dramatic showcase, as well as those of Michael
Shannon, in rare nice guy mode here. The other very familiar face in
the cast, Steve Carell, only has a very small supporting role.
PROFANITY: 13 S-words; 11 GD; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Lesbian kisses and sensuality without nudity. VIOLENCE: Some hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A car crash. COMEDY: Comic lines, often gay-themed.
Roger EbertFull Review Average "Freeheld” stumbles over too many hurdles to recommend it. The film's heart is in the right place, but its focus is not. "Freeheld” isn't a terrible movie, but it's an unsatisfyingly familiar one.
NY PostFull Review Average ..it's a disappointment as a movie, though Shannon is especially fine in a rare sympathetic role. ...the pedestrian direction...is strictly Lifetime movie-caliber, shameless in milking Laurel's plight for every last tear.
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average ...the movie gets to you, mostly because Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, as lovers in crisis, give unerringly heartfelt performances. If Freeheld cuts corners to get its point across, Moore and Page never do. You'll be with them all the way.
Rex ReedFull Review Excellent It's a poignant, relevant and beautifully made film that must not be missed by anyone with a heart and a social conscience. This is a responsible movie of great emotional power filled, with scenes of heartbreaking intimacy about how social change can be activated by empathy, courage and love.
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Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell] unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.