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Freeheld (2015)

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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.

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Peter Sollett

Writer:

Ron Nyswaner (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Laurel Hester
Elliot Page ... Stacie Andree (as Ellen Page)
Michael Shannon ... Dane Wells
Steve Carell ... Steven Goldstein
Luke Grimes ... Todd Belkin
Gabriel Luna ... Quesada
Anthony DeSando ... Toohey (as Anthony De Sando)
Skipp Sudduth ... Chief Reynolds
Josh Charles ... Bryan Kelder
Kevin O'Rourke ... Dan Wickery
Tom McGowan ... William Johnson
William Sadler ... Peter Santucci
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Pat Gerrity
Adam LeFevre ... Don Bennett
Jeannine Kaspar ... Margaret
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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.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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The real Stacie Andree, Dane Wells and Steven Goldstein can be seen as extras in the film. Stacie can be seen wearing a black cardigan behind Elliot Page (who portrays her) in the third Freeholder meeting, sitting in the right aisle seat of the second row. Dane portrays the police officer, between two taller officers, who is handed a box of ashes. Steven can be seen in the second Freeholder meeting, seated behind Steve Carell (who portrays him), holding a red sign and seated in the aisle seat of the right side second row (the same seat that the real Stacie Andree can be seen in, later in the film). See more »

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Laurel and Stacie first encounter each other at a volleyball game with each playing on opposite teams. Stacie serves to Laurel, whereupon Laurel's team successfully returns the ball and the game is over. However, in volleyball, only the side that is serving can score a point and they must also win by two. For the game to be over, Laurel's side would need to get the ball back to serve the winning point. The director may have decided to skip that in order to keep the story moving. See more »

Quotes

Steven Goldstein: Hell! If you and I got married tomorrow, I'd be entitled to your benefits!
Laurel Hester: Wait, is that a proposal?
Steven Goldstein: Oh honey. I would marry you, but I wouldn't know what to do with your vagina.
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Remake of Freeheld (2007) See more »

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Not another lesbian romance, but a fight for the equal rights!
4 August 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Not long ago I saw 'Carol', thankfully it is not another that and better than that. It was based on the documentary short of the same name about a real life same sex couple who fought for the equal rights and the pension benefits, while one of them was treated for cancer. It is a great drama about fighting for justice than the romance as it states, but that part as well very impressive.

Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, both were awesome, except Moore was a bit old. By seeing them I felt being a lesbian is sweetest than straight, hetero and even gay. The first half was all about the relationship, but very decently narrated romance tale. And in the next half once Steve Carell enters the scene, the film diverted to another side of the story. All the actors were very good, including Michael Shannon.

Obviously the story was predictable and that is expected often in a biography. Because if they want to alter it, then they should pen a very cleverest script the audience never saw one like that before. I think telling a true story as it is is the point and that's what this filmmaker did. So don't complain about the storyline, just consider whether it is inspiring or worth a watch for other reasons.

For me it was almost a sentimental piece, but the second half story compromised and then I realised what this film was trying to say. Underrated film of the year for sure. Anytime I suggest it, especially for the grown ups and with a neutral mindset, because it is not all about the same sex romance, but the battle for equality in society.

8/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 February 2016 (France) See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,983, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$573,335

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,474,471
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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