Blue Jasmine

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Writer-director Woody Allen presents a variation on Tennessee Williams' classic play "A Streetcar Named Desire" in this depressing tale of a Park Avenue socialite (Cate Blanchett in a bravura performance) fallen on hard times. She's lost everything due to her philandering husband's (Alec Baldwin) Ponzi-like fraud which has not only destroyed the fortunes of his investors, but landed him in jail and her on the street. Delusional and demented, she finds shelter in the San Francisco home of her sister (Sally Hawkins). There, as she slowly descends into madness, she upends the lives of everyone around her, casting out her sibling's mechanic boyfriend (Bobby Cannavale) while trying to snare a wealthy diplomat (Peter Sarsgaard) as a potential husband.

Watch out for: Cohabitation, implied nonmarital sexual activity, an adultery theme, and much profane and crude language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013