Directed by Peter Sollett
New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
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★★★★ review by AlexV. on Letterboxd
Freeheld é um drama plenamente comovente, com um espírito imenso e que traz consigo uma mensagem sempre relevante, e que, por isso, se assume como um ótimo exemplo do recente cinema queer.
★★★½ review by Christian Alec on Letterboxd
Eh forget the critics this was just fine! Julianne could have did some more because Michael Shanon totally stole the show. It's sad and very inspiring and I would love to watch the documentary this is based off of. The one downside was Carrell's character? I don't know in real life if he's that flamboyant (no problem) but Carrell calling people "sweetie" doesn't work after that 2nd try...
★★★★ review by Drewgrit on Letterboxd
Great movie, great cast, from true events. Highly recommend.
Great to see Country moving forward.
★★★★ review by Derek Diercksmeier on Letterboxd
I cried, a lot.
I remember seeing the trailer for this film play before SICARIO and tears instantly flowing, despite also thinking it looked quite cheesy and saccharine. It is all of that, but it's deeply sweet and genuinely beautiful. Call it a glorified Lifetime movie if you will. FREEHELD isn't exactly aiming for high-minded art and that is okay. It is cheesy and modest and soft and broad and all of that is part of the film's charm. Julianne Moore is outstanding. Ellen Page is terrific. Michael Shannon is legendary. Steve Carell is a delight.
And, yes, FREEHELD is all over the place at times. Initially feeling like a buddy cop/detective story and then a sweet love story and then a story about cancer and then a political argument and, ultimately, a testament to love.
One scene features Ellen Page's character attempting (and succeeding) to break the record for fastest rotation of tires to get a mechanic job, a scene that I hadn't imagined seeing here.
The central relationship is so purely sweet and lovely, the cast is excellent and the film as a whole is just so humanistic and moving. Leave your cynicism at the door. Someone's heart and mind could be opened by this movie. It is a beautiful story told lovingly, and it's a shame to see just how negative the reception has been.
FREEHELD is truly uplifting.
★★★½ review by Cogerson on Letterboxd
Why I watched this one? Always had a crush on Julianne Moore.....and she is in this one.
What is this one about? New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
My thoughts on this one? A good re-telling of a true story. Moore is fine in the lead role...though surprising there was not much emotional impact in this movie. Michael Shannon has the best role in the movie....as he plays Moore's police partner. I did not enjoy Steve Carell role as much...as it seemed too jokey in this serious movie. Ellen Page has some nice moments as Moore's life partner. Final thought: A slightly better than average movie...but only slightly.
Ranked 38th of 56 movies on my Julianne Moore Movie Ranking Page. www.ultimatemovierankings.com/julianne-moore-movies/
Ranked 22nd of 24 movies on my Steve Carell Movie Ranking Page. www.ultimatemovierankings.com/steve-carell-movies/
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