CONSTELLATION

Redemptive Family Drama

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Release Date: February 02, 2007

Starring: Billy Dee Williams, Lesley Ann Warren, Zoe Saldana, Hill Harper, David Clennon, Rae Dawn Chong, Melissa de Souza, Alan Newman, and Gabrielle Union

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 96 minutes

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch
Chairman/CEO
News Corp.
Peter Chernin, President/COO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.
(Fox Searchlight, Fox Faith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
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Content:

(C, BB, Ro, LL, V, S, A, D, M) Light Christian worldview (it doesn't really deal with specific theological or evangelical issues per se) with some strong moral elements, including redemptive but sometimes vague messages about forgiveness, love and family, a Christian funeral and a couple references to God, spoiled by some Romantic elements and a lack of thematic and narrative definition; nine obscenities (including one "f" word), one strong profanity and three light profanities; light implied violence when rape is implied as woman's white beads fall to the ground and small spot of blood on floor; no depicted sex or crude sex talk, but implied rape and protagonist has two failed marriages; no nudity, but woman wears T-shirt; alcohol use; brief smoking; and, racism rebuked and forgiven.

Summary:

CONSTELLATION stars Billy Dee Williams as a successful artist in Paris who comes home to Huntsville, Alabama on the death of his older sister, whose past interracial with a white soldier during World War II has had profound effects on the artist and the rest of the family. CONSTELLATION is a somewhat Christian-friendly family drama that explores the redemptive power of love and family loyalty, but it is rated PG-13 due to some mature themes and brief foul language.

Review:

CONSTELLATION is a somewhat Christian-friendly family drama about a mixed-race family dealing with repercussions from a past interracial relationship. It explores the redemptive power of love and family loyalty. It also spotlights the importance of honesty. However, it has some mature themes and brief foul language.

Billy Dee Williams (BRIAN'S SONG and STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) plays Helm Boxer. Helm is the younger brother of Carmel Boxer, who has just passed away in the family home in Huntsville, Alabama. Years before, during World War II, Carmel fell in love with a white American soldier. When she tried to see the soldier off to war, he ignored her, and she was raped by some local white men. Carmel never married the soldier, but they continued a relationship through letters.

Helm, a successful artist living in Paris, comes home to see the family. He doesn't want to go to the funeral, however. As he and the rest of the family members get together, including one daughter from his own marriage to a white woman and another daughter from another failed marriage with a black woman, Helm must face the demons that have plagued him since he saw what his sister went through so long ago. Meanwhile, the other family member must address their own pent-up emotions and relationships.

The premise to CONSTELLATION is a bit vague. There are too many vaguely defined problems between the characters. The problems lack focus, and the movie spends a lot of time not going anywhere and focusing on rabbit trails. A couple plot points and relationships were a bit unclear because of these and other narrative and thematic problems.

The movie does, however, have a light Christian worldview. Even that needs more focus and definition in the script to bring the story really to life. Other moral problems include brief foul language and a focus on romantic and personal relationships divorced from the benefits that God and Jesus Christ can add to anyone who truly seeks them.

In Brief:

CONSTELLATION stars Billy Dee Williams as Helm Boxer, a successful artist living in Paris who comes home to Huntsville, Alabama on the death of his older sister, Carmel. Years before, during World War II, Carmel fell in love with a white American soldier. When she tried to see the soldier off to war, he ignored her, and she was raped by some white men. As Helm and the other family members get together, Helm must face the demons that have plagued him since he saw what his sister went through so long ago. Meanwhile, the other family member must address their own pent-up emotions and relationships.

The premise and situations in CONSTELLATION are a bit vague and ill-defined sometimes. A few plot points and relationships were a bit unclear because of these and other narrative and thematic problems. The movie does, however, have a light Christian worldview. Even that needs more focus and definition in the script to bring the story really to life. Other moral problems include brief foul language and a focus on romantic and personal relationships divorced from the benefits that God and Jesus Christ can bring.