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Running Time:
1 hour, 54 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for thematic material including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Neither psychologically interesting or very frightening, it's just some wonderful actors in a talky courtroom drama.

Additional Info:
No added DVD features

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Based on a true story, the film begins with the death of Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter "White Chicks "), a college freshman who was either possessed by the devil or simply a psychotic-epileptic. Although she doesn't believe in demons and devils, attorney Erin Bruner (Laura Linney "Kinsey") is defending Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson "In the Bedroom"), a Catholic priest accused of causing the girl's death. Assistant district attorney Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott "Roger Dodger") is prosecuting because he's a church-going Christian, so he won't seem rabidly anti-Catholic. In flashbacks, director Scott Derrickson presents interviews and testimony about the events that led to Emilyís death, pacing the film nicely despite all the flashing back and forwards.

The final third of the movie is basically a courtroom drama. Although the film isnít a full blown horrorfest, it definitely has some very creepy and atmospheric moments. While thereís no split pea soup throw-up, head spinning or cross abusing, sometimes its absence can be even more frightening. Actually, the fact that the supernatural horror plays out over much of the courtroom battle sometimes works, but the combination isn't really successful since neither part is especially compelling on its own.

The legal side of the film isnít especially gripping. Father Moore, the only character with much at stake, refuses a generous plea deal and there certainly arenít enough real scares to satisfy hardcore horror buffs. Fans of both genres are sure to be disappointed, so who's left to enjoy the movie? By trying to be all things to all audiences, the film doesnít fully succeed at anything.

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