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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

This missing child drama is not for kids.

Movie R 2006 112 minutes
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Earnest and overbearing, FREEDOMLAND features mature themes and imagery: It's not for kids. Inspired by the 1994 case in which Susan Smith drowned her two young sons in South Carolina and claimed she had been carjacked by "a black man," the film, based on Richard Price's 1998 novel, attempts to give voice to a Smithlike character as well as some black residents of a New Jersey housing project who are enraged by the white mother's accusation and the assumption by police and journalists alike that her holey story makes sense.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 16, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: May 30, 2006
  • Cast: Edie Falco , Julianne Moore , Samuel L. Jackson
  • Director: Joe Roth
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 112 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: for language and some violent content.
  • Last updated: November 16, 2022

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