What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Welcome to Marwen is a dramedy based on the true story of a man who learns to cope with trauma through the power of art and imagination. After a brutal attack leaves Mark Hogenberg (Steve Carell) barely able to walk, speak, or access his memories, he finds a unique way of coping. By meticulously creating a World War II-era town full of dolls based on himself and people in his life, Mark discovers an artistic outlet that not only helps him recover but also to find the courage to face his own attackers. The story is told both in the doll world of Marwen, where a troupe of powerful female heroes inspired by women in Mark's life help "Hogie" battle Nazis, and the "real" world, in which Mark is working on an art exhibit featuring his beautifully detailed world and growing closer to his new neighbor, Nicol (Leslie Mann). Although this looks like an uplifting story with positive messages about perseverance and the power of art, it will likely be too intense for kids and tweens. Expect fantasy violence in the doll world, as well as some real-world violence, swearing, drinking, sexual references, romance, and heavy themes.
- In theaters: December 21, 2018
- Cast: Steve Carell, Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann
- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 116 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: sequences of fantasy violence, some disturbing images, brief suggestive content, thematic material and language
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