The Theory of Everything

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Hawking's brilliant mind comes to life in thoughtful drama.

PG-13 2014 123 minutes

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age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 12+

Based on 24 reviews

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age 15+

Not for Young Teens

The film deals with very complex situations. The gradual crippling of Hawking is already heartbreaking, his love story with his wife Jane is beautiful and her devotion to him is exemplary. However, things start getting less edifying when life gets harder for the couple. Jonathan, Jane's church's choir director, a handsome and recent widower, gets involved with the family in a relationship that turns very ambiguous as he and Jane have feelings for each other. The situation becomes public and even raises the (unfounded) suspicion that Jonathan might be the father of Jane's baby. Hawking himself seems to agree to these affections, but then, on his turn, takes a fancy to his voluptuous nurse and dumps Jane. She eventually returns to her old platonic love and marries him. Although no graphic images are shown, I found the scene where Hawking's nurse perversely enjoys showing him pornographic magazines quite disturbing. Hawking's atheism is also voiced repeatedly throughout the film (as is Jane's and Jonathan's Christianity). Acting is excellent as it is the cinematography. Good film for adults but not for the younger ones.
age 14+

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