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The United States of Leland

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Uneven drama that's too intense for kids.

Movie R 2004 104 minutes
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THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND is an overly plotted but beautifully acted movie. The script has the overheated, overblown, over-everything feel of an actor's exercise extravaganza. Each character has some major emotional challenge and it gets overloaded and distracting. But the individual moments, especially Gosling's performance, are sensitive and moving and the issues of the damage we inflict on ourselves and each other are worth examining, even less than successfully.

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