Much suffering mingles with brutal honesty and joy in
unexpected moments in the first screen adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer
Prize-winning 1983 play. Denzel Washington stars as an embittered Pittsburgh
garbage collector; he also directs from the screenplay finished by Wilson
before his 2005 death. The long speeches will require a committed attention
span, but the focus on ideas and their consequences makes this family drama —
which also features Viola Davis — acceptable for mature adolescents.
Watch out for: References
to adultery, frequent use of the n-word and a single instance each of profanity
and rough language.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: