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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sluggish Monroe biopic depicts a complicated private life.

Movie NR 2015 180 minutes
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The overall series will appeal to Marilyn Monroe fans, but there are some slow moments. Garner's portrayal of the late actress isn't the most captivating, either, especially when compared to Sarandon's outstanding performance as her mother. But those who are curious to learn more about Monroe's personal life, which is so remarkably different from her public persona, will find it compelling.

It offers a dramatic interpretation of Monroe's tumultuous personal life, which was largely affected by her mother's battle with paranoid schizophrenia. The facts that most people didn't know that Gladys existed (thanks to the Hollywood publicity wheel) and that Monroe allegedly had schizophrenic tendencies made this all the more difficult. It also introduces some of the other important women in her life, including her first foster mother, her "Aunt" Grace, and John F. Kennedy's sister, Patricia Kennedy Lawford.

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