"Family Comes First"
What You Need To Know:
Inspired by a true story, EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES is an intensely moving and inspiring pro-family drama, but it has a lot of gratuitous foul language. Especially for a movie rated only PG. Also, it only has two references to prayer, neither of which mention God or Jesus Christ. MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution because of the strong foul language, which interrupts the dramatic flow.
(BB, CapCapCap, Pa, H, C, FR, LLL, S, A, M) Strong moral, capitalist worldview marred, however, by some lawless pagan, slightly humanist attitudes and outcomes in a couple areas, plus two positive but weak references to prayer in the dialogue, including one with a theologically ambiguous Catholic connotation; 23 obscenities (mostly “s” words and “h” words), six strong profanities, four light profanities; no violence but there are some intense arguments and an intense hospital scene; a house nurse interrupts married couple fooling around on couch (husband in T-shirt, wife in nightgown; no nudity; alcohol use; no smoking; and, attempted stealing, lying to get someone out of a jam, and a solution is found to an ethical conflict of interest and moral dilemma.
EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES is an intensely moving and inspiring drama, but it has a lot of gratuitous foul language in it. Especially for a movie rated only PG. Theologically speaking, it only has two positive references to prayer, neither of which overtly mentions God or Jesus Christ.
Inspired by a true story, the movie stars Brendan Fraser as John Crowley. John and his wife, Aileen, have two children, age 6 and 8, with a deadly genetic muscle disease called Pompe. Most children die of this disease by the time they reach age 9, so John and Aileen are frantic about finding a cure.
John learns of some promising research by a university scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill, played by Harrison Ford. The method Stonehill is developing is not a cure, but it could stop the disease’s deadly effects. Although Stonehill is a very grumpy man wrapped up in his work, John drops everything to start a bio-tech firm using Stonehill’s research.
Together, they race against time to stop the disease before it kills John’s elder sick child, Megan. In doing so, they have to battle the medical and business establishments. Their biggest battle, however, may be the one brewing between themselves.
EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES is an extraordinary, well-acted drama, but the heart-rending, inspiring scenes are undermined by too much strong foul language. As MOVIEGUIDE® friend Ken Wales, one of the best producers in Hollywood, says, foul language actually interrupts the dramatic flow of a movie. This is especially true of an otherwise family-friendly drama like this one. There is also a very brief shot of John and his wife fooling around on their couch when they are interrupted by the morning nurse who helps take care of their two sick children.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES because of the strong foul language. Also, the movie would have been helped greatly if it included some spiritual references to God or Jesus. MOVIEGUIDE® could not find any information about the actual religion of the real-life Crowley family.