MARGARET

Incongruous, Annoying Character Drama

Content -4
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Release Date: September 30, 2011

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
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Stephen Gilula, President/COO
Nancy Utley, President/COO, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
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Content:

(PaPaPa, B, AP, FR, Acap, So, PC, Ab, Fe, C, LLL, VV, SSS, NN, A, DD, MMM) Very strong mixed pagan worldview with some light moral elements, some anti-American, pro-Muslim comments by a student, although one student argues against Islamic extremism, several anti-capitalist comments and greed depicted, a few socialist remarks and one character calls another a Nazi, some politically correct dialogue, racial comments and anti-biblical comments about Jewish people, feminist characters, and a crucifix is seen hanging on the wall; 36 obscenities, 18 profanities, woman vomits; bus accident depicted, graphic scene as young woman holds the hand of the lady who is bleeding out from the bus accident, girl has a nightmare that involves bloody bus accident victim, mother throws dishes in anger and yells at her daughter, woman throws a drink in a man’s face and teenager claims to have had an abortion, though it is not fully clear whether she is lying for attention or not; very strong sexual content includes depicted fornication as 17-year-old teenager asks boy to take her virginity, implied fornication, depicted oral sex, implied oral sex, implied fornication between 17-year-old high school student and her teacher, depicted self-abuse, unmarried kissing, and it’s implied that married man is flirting with a college girl; upper female nudity, female cleavage in a shower, woman in bikini, bra-less woman in shirt that is very revealing, woman in bra, and a silhouette of implied full nudity with a close-up silhouette of a young woman’s breast; some wine and alcohol use depicted; cigarette smoking, marijuana and cocaine use depicted; and, lying, including lying on a police report following a major accident in which a woman dies, greed, cheating on girlfriend, mother and daughter fight continually, disrespect toward parents, young woman claims to have had an abortion, one brief image of a woman on stage cross-dressing as a man in an opera, and young woman initially lies on a police report but her conscience compels her to retract her statement in order to make sure that the truth is heard.


Summary:

MARGARET is a plodding character drama about a young woman whose life spirals out of control when she lies about a horrible bus accident she saw and helped cause. MARGARET is an incongruous, emotional and annoying character drama riddled with plot problems, inconsistencies, foul language, and salacious behavior.


Review:

MARGARET is a bizarre, incongruous, pagan character study that follows a 17-year-old girl whose life spirals out of control after she witnesses a brutal bus accident that takes a woman’s life.
Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) is a precocious high school student. Her days are filled with flirting with boys, social studies classes where she argues with a young Persian woman about American politics in the Middle East, and arguing with her mother who is a well-known, New York stage actress.
That is, until, Lisa is witness to – and even somewhat of an accomplice to – a horrible bus accident. Standing on the street side, she distracts the attention of a bus driver who loses his concentration, drives through a red light, and runs over a woman.
Lisa holds the woman’s hand as she slowly bleeds out and dies. Those few minutes are life-altering for Lisa. Initially, she lies in her police report in order to protect the bus driver with whom she was flirting. However, as the weeks after the incident pass, and as Lisa’s emotional life spirals out of control, her conscience compels her to retract her statement to the police and pursue a class-action lawsuit with the dead woman’s best friend to get the bus driver off the road.
Throughout the movie, Lisa’s emotional drama takes her from drug-addled sexual deviance with a co-classmate to fighting with her emotionally distant mother; from seducing her teacher into an illicit sexual relationship to claiming she has had an abortion. As she struggles with her crisis of conscience, everyone in her life is fair game for her emotional outbursts.
MARGARET is an incongruous, emotional character drama riddled with plot problems and story inconsistencies. The movie plods its way through Lisa’s emotional inner story in the most boring – and even annoying – ways. The movie has garnered some critical claim but on no merit other than most people’s lack of consistent critical thinking.
MARGARET has a very strong, mixed pagan worldview with plenty of strong foul language and an abundance of strong, sexual content, including several scenes of depicted and implied fornication and nudity. The movie has some drug use and incredibly strong miscellaneous immorality, including disrespect to parents. Even though there’s a mild message of a teenager’s conscience driving her to tell the truth, the movie ultimately is a moral mess with no redeeming content. Thankfully, most media-wise audiences will be able to ignore the profane, character-driven mess that’s MARGARET, because it’s only scheduled for a limited release, despite the names attached to the project.


In Brief:

MARGARET is a plodding character drama about a young woman whose life spirals out of control. Lisa Cohen is a college student. Her days are filled with flirting with the boys, attending international studies classes where she argues American politics in the Middle East, and hours arguing with her mother, a well-known stage actress. One day she flirts with a bus driver who loses his concentration and runs over a woman. Initially, Lisa lies in her police report to protect the bus driver with whom she was flirting. However, as Lisa’s emotional life spirals out of control, her conscience compels her to retract her statement to the police and pursue a class-action lawsuit to get the bus driver off the road.
MARGARET is an incongruous, emotional character drama riddled with plot problems and story inconsistencies. The movie plods its way through Lisa’s emotional inner story in the most boring – and even annoying – ways. MARGARET has a very strong, mixed pagan worldview with plenty of strong foul language. It also has an abundance of lewd and salacious content, plus some drug abuse. Happily, MARGARET is only playing in limited release.