Beautiful Mind, A

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1/2

Sure to be nominated for an Oscar, A BEAUTIFUL MIND is already a contender for several Golden Globe awards. This true story stars Russell Crowe as mathematical genius John F. Nash, Jr. who eventually becomes a Nobel Laureate for his game theory developed at Princeton University in the late 1940s. At Princeton, eccentric John refuses to attend classes, scribbles complex mathematical formulas on the library window panes and is a social oddball. Then he meets Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), a beautiful, intelligent young woman completely charmed by John's bumbling ways. When they marry in the early 1950s, Dr. Nash has a top-secret job breaking Russian codes for the Pentagon, but stress triggers paranoia that affects the brilliant professor's marriage and career. Directed by Ron Howard, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, tells a beautiful love story with a great deal of humor. Mature audiences will find A BEAUTIFUL MIND absorbing and thought provoking.

John's tormented delusions are disturbing, but the audience never loses sight of his gentle nature, dry wit and brilliant mind. While hospitalized, he cuts his wrists to remove an imagined government-implanted sensor and undergoes graphic shock treatments. Alicia displays amazing maturity for a young wife and mother, as she bravely chooses to care for her paranoid-schizophrenic husband, rather than have him re-committed. Without her love and strength, his genius could have been wasted by lifetime confinement. Some sexually suggestive content during his Princeton days includes John approaching a girl in the bar and, lacking any social skills, bluntly suggests they have sex. With Alicia, however, he uses more restraint. There is, however, a subtle suggestion that they have sex before marriage. The major offensive element is foul language with a few strong profanities and several obscenities. This story of courage, love and strength, as Alicia helps John learn to distinguish reality from illusion, helps us all better understand mental illness.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (5) times Mild 2, moderate 3

Obscene Language: Several (5) times - S-word 4, other 1

Profanity: Several (7) times Regular 3 (JC, GD 2); Exclamatory 4

Violence: Few times Moderate (car chase with gunshots, student cuts head, throws desk through window, man cuts wrist, graphic view of shock treatment in mental hospital)

Sex: Implied (subtle suggestion couple has sex after passionate kiss)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (student propositions girl in bar, husband turns away from wife's advances)

Drugs: Few times (students drinking in bar and dormitory, drunkenness once)

Other: Importance of marital commitment, learning to cope with mental illness, perseverance and determination

Running Time: 127 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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