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  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Peter Sollett
  • 99 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A lesbian police officer is diagnosed with cancer, and decides to make arrangements for her partner to inherit her pension in the event of her death. However, she discovers the official rules do not recognise their relationship, and begins a struggle for equality, rallying fellow cops and members of the public to support her cause. Fact-based romantic drama, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In this true-life drama, New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) finds herself battling the local authorities when she's stricken by cancer and attempts to transfer her pension rights to same-sex partner Stacie Andree (Elliot Page, credited as Ellen Page). Based on a landmark US case in the legal validation of civil partnerships, it's a film filled with good intentions and fine performances (Moore is again outstanding, as is Michael Shannon playing a detective colleague), yet proves somewhat bland in the telling. Director Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) never quite gives the characters a distinctive individuality outside of the social issues they represent. That said, it's definitely a story worth telling, also throwing light on the experience of police officers who keep their sexuality a secret rather than affect their working partnerships with straight colleagues. Still, when Steve Carell pops up as a flamboyantly camp legal activist, it is dismaying to see such a flouncy stereotype in a movie otherwise sincerely behind a gay rights agenda.

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Credits

Cast

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Laurel HesterJulianne Moore
Stacie AndreeElliot Page
Dane WellsMichael Shannon
Steven GoldsteinSteve Carell
Todd BelkinLuke Grimes
QuesadaGabriel Luna
TooheyAnthony De Sando
Chief ReynoldsSkipp Sudduth
Bryan KelderJosh Charles
Dan WickeryKevin O'Rourke
CinematographerMaryse Alberti

Crew

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DirectorPeter Sollett

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2016-02-19
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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