What You Need To Know:
(L, N, A/D, Ho) 6 obscenities & 3 profanities; scenes with drinking; homosexuality condoned throughout; and, scene with partially nude men in sports club (but nothing shown).
The film PHILADELPHIA wants to prove that people with AIDS should not suffer discrimination and to legitimize homosexuality. Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a young, successful attorney with a prestigious law firm when his disease becomes outwardly evident. A facial lesion is detected, and Andrew’s career is ended. His previously supportive senior partner (Jason Robards) severs his employment. Andrew feels he has been wrongfully terminated, but the only lawyer who will even touch the case is an ambulance-chasing lawyer (Denzel Washington) who has a problem with gays.
The story is a case study in the history of the disease–part drama and part informational, nearly becoming a documentary. However, Demme has effectively connected the story’s social and storytelling aspects into a challenging drama, although the screenwriter has stacked the deck by pitting a personable young victim against an ogre-like establishment. Overall, considering the musical compositions that accompany this film and the exceptional acting by Tom Hanks, PHILADELPHIA poignantly and effectively drives home its message. Denzel Washington also gives a commendable performance. However, the bottom line of this film, that the homosexual lifestyle is “just another lifestyle,” is wrong and abhorrent to God and moral individuals (See Romans 1:20).