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Rated PG-13 · 104 minutes · 2008

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John Patrick Shanley puts his good Catholic name to the test in this story about a priest, a nun, an altar boy and some sacramental wine. Philip Seymour Hoffman is seamless as Father Brendan Flynn, a kindly priest who’s accused of being too kindly by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep). There are at least three stories occurring simultaneously: one about an attempt at making the church a more loving place, another about the brutal subordination of women, and a third about the possible sexual abuse of a child. But mostly, the film is about what the title says: doubt. Shanley’s witty script pulls off a level of ambiguity rarely seen outside of Ari Fleischer’s cerebral cortex. Neither Father Flynn nor Sister Beauvier is a villain, and both of them are characters who are deeper than the Marianas Trench and more complicated than John Yoo’s justification for torture. And I’m out of similes. Just go see this movie.


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Official Site: www.doubt-themovie.com
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Writer: John Patrick Shanley
Producer: Scott Rudin, Mark Roybal and Celia Costas
Cast: Meryl Streep, Philip Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Alice Drummond, Audrie Neenan, Susan Blommaert, Carrie Preston, John Costelloe, Lloyd Brown, Joseph Foster, Bridget Clark, Lydia Jordan and Mike Roukis

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Portland Mercury When Pedophiles Attack The film version of the play Doubt leaves little to the imagination. by Erik Henriksen 12/24/2008

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