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Cider House Rules

A movie directed by Lasse Hallstrom

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Pro Choice Film!

  • Feb 14, 2000
Pros: Poignant, emotional

Cons: None

What a surprise this was to me to realize this was a pro choice film that dealt with many complex issues surrounding orphanages, abortion rights of women, relationship issues and finding onself. I was not prepared for the multitude of emotions that I experienced watching this film. I was pleasantly surprised.

I've seen Tobey Macguire in several films; Pleasantville, October Sky and now in The Cider House Rules. He generally plays the same type of character, a sweet, mature and very clever young man who is going places. He again plays basically the same part in this film based on John Irving's novel of the same name.

This movie was poignant and stirring and very sad in places. The scenes of the children in the orphanage really tug at your heart. The basic plot is of the young man who must leave the orphanage to find himself only to realize that his destiny lay back at the orphanage.

Michael Caine is really great in this too. It took me a little while to get used to his American accent. A good all around family movie, no violence, no profanity, a brief sexual scene.


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THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, an expertly crafted and intelligent adapation of John Irving's novel, explores themes of disappointment, ideas of moral ambiguity, and, indeed, lessons about life itself, woven into a dramatic story that is neither slow nor sentimental. Tobey Maguire is the immensely likable Homer Wells, a lifelong resident of a Maine orphanage who comes of age during WWII under the auspices of its director, Dr. Wilbur Larch (Michael Caine). Larch is pragmatic, progressive, highly intelligent, and loathe to let Homer go out into the world. He sees him as a son, and the only one whose medical training allows for him to take over when he retires from his job as physician, obstetrician, and illegal abortionist. When ingenue Candy (Charlize Theron) and air force adventurer Wally (Paul Rudd), come to Larch for help with an abortion, Homer befriends the couple and, against Larch's wishes, sets off with them to see the world, or at least the rest of Maine. Working at an apple orchard owned by Wally's moth...
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Cast: Erykah Badu
Director: Lasse Hallström
Release Date: 1999
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (August 15, 2000)
Runtime: 2hr 10min
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