Puzzle

Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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age 15+

Lovely personal empowerment story has some language.

R 2018 103 minutes

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Based on 3 reviews

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age 15+

Coming of age in your 40s

I thought this was a sweet systo with a main character who isn't always acting ethically, but nevertheless wins us over as she tries to figure out what she wants and who she is late in life. Older teens might get something from it, but my guess is they will not relate to this simple story about a quiet woman finding herself. There is an infidelity story line, so if that's not your thing, be aware.
age 16+

Irritating main character, although very well acted

There is much made of the main female character being Catholic. She identifies as a church lady. She also identifies as a good mother and wife. We initially see her as “over run” by her husband and sons, which she seemingly encourages, or at least willingly accepts, until she decides to stand up for herself. What starts as a spunky self-caring adventure denegrates into some decidedly unChristian-like behaviors... lying repeatedly, using the f-word several times, clearly favoring one son over the other, having sex with an acquaintance, manipulating her husband to give up his favorite thing in life, and then walking away from everyone (all the men in her life) leaving a wake of destruction behind her. The acting is marvelous, which is a credit to the cast. The trailer, however, was very misleading. I was expecting a quirky character who stays faithful to who she is, yet uses her newfound independence to blossom. What I got was a story about the downfall of men through the actions of one woman... original sin.

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