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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: PG-13

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