Now if points were merely awarded on ambition, no doubt, The Place Beyond the Pines is nothing short of epic. From the first frame, one gets a sense that you’re watching something special. As a cautionary tale about the power of our personal choices, it largely succeeds, too. Unfortunately, the fact that Clanfrance didn’t know when to say when puts a drag on what's mostly a rewarding cinematic experience. If you're hoping for more of a feel-good sensibility, that's something Clanfrance hasn’t seemed game to give us yet.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Teenagers pop pills, smoke pot and drink alcohol. Social drinking and smoking depicted among adults as well.
  • Language/Profanity: Expletives, particularly the f-word and s-word, are used throughout, plus instances where God’s name is misused.
  • Sex/Nudity: Two characters are shown in bed together, but we don’t see much in the way of nudity. A man learns he fathered a child after a fling the year before.
  • Violence: The camera lingers over the bloody body of a gunshot victim. Guns also figure into other violent acts. Beatings, robberies, fighting are also shown, although not as graphically as in many films of this genre.

Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the MeddlersBased in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.

Publication date: April 5, 2013