Frozen River is an exceptional movie. Seen it several times and it's a must watch!! A very realistic look at smuggling illegal immigrants across the frozen river from Canada to New York. Ray (Melissa Leo) and Lila (Misty Upham) cross paths when Lila steals Ray's car. They're both short on money and both have children. Ray's desperate to make extra cash for Christmas when her husband took off without notice with their down payment on a new home. Making minimum wage at Yankee Dollar, she confronts her manager to move her up to full time as he had promised but he refuses. After one round of smuggling together, Ray and Lila develop a special bond and an agreement to split the profits from then on. The story is quite sad and depressing, but is a real eye opener too. Lila losing touch with her one year old son is very sad but doesn't stop to fight for him back! There's some language (several uses of the "f" word, b*tch and bulls**t, some racial slang) - one brief scene in a strip club with a semi-clothed dancer - some violence, main character smokes. Perfect for adults - Kids won't be interested in this although it's safe for ages 13 and up!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing