The Professor and the Madman

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Surprising history of dictionary packs compassion, violence.

NR 2019 124 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

"If love, then what" (quote from movie)

In the movie there is a widow who says "If love then what. Her husband was murdered and the movie is about a professor and a madman (doctor) whom with each other's help, are putting together the Oxford English Dictionary. It's an IRONIC quote or riddle as the 2 main men characters are supposed to be knowledgeable about English words - the irony is that the word that belongs in or finished the widow's quite mystifies them (is a mystery). There is only 1 word that can really complete or give meaning to the quote and solve the mystery of what the widow was trying to say and meant. That word is: FORGIVENESS It was very clever how the writer and movie maker had the widow's mysterious quoted question in the movie "If love, then what" in a movie about words and their meanings as the origins of creating a dictionary. Most people have heard the saying: " To Love Is To Forgive " The answer to the widow's mysterious written question " IF LOVE, THEN WHAT " is the word: FORGIVENESS Then the whole quote would become solved as: " IF LOVE, THEN FORGIVEN3SS" Submitted by movie watcher Ms Richards on 4/18/2021

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age 12+

special rating

amazing story actors deserve 10 stars hard working is valued in this movie positive message human actions are taken I love it love it

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