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MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for thematic elements.

Reviewed by: Karen C. Flores

Better than Average
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults Older Teens
Biography Romance Drama
2 hr. 3 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
November 4, 2016 (4 theaters—NYC and LA)
November 25, 2016 (wide—429 theaters)
DVD: February 7, 2017
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Relevant Issues

judges who misuse religion to support discrimination and hate

Is inter-ethnic marriage biblical?

overcoming injustice the right way

Anti-miscegenation laws (Wikipedia)

RACISM—What are the consequences of racial prejudice and false beliefs about the origin of races? Answer

Racism, Ethnicity Issues and Christianity
Get biblical answers to racial hot-topics. Where did the races come from? How did skin color come about? Why is it important to have a biblical foundation for such issues?

TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer


sinfulness of sex outside of marriage

Featuring Ruth Negga … Mildred Loving
Joel EdgertonRichard Loving
Nick KrollBernie Cohen
Bill CampFrank Beazley
Will Dalton … Virgil
Dean Mumford … Drag Race Driver
Terri Abney … Garnet Jeter
Alano Miller … Raymond Green
Chris Greene (Chris R. Greene) … Percy Fortune
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Director Jeff Nichols—“Mud” (2012), “Take Shelter” (2011), “Midnight Special” (2016)
Producer Raindog Films
Big Beach Films
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Distributor Focus Features

The movie “Loving” is the story of a white man who marries a black woman. Law enforcement officers throw them in jail for the crime of miscegenation. This film is based upon the true events that led up to their civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia. In 1967, their case caused the US Supreme court to overthrow Virginia and twenty-four other states’ anti-miscegenation laws. I want to be clear that the Loving case is about a man and a woman who were not allowed to be married.

Onto the film, the performances in this picture are outstanding. It is a soft and subtle picture, because the actors use nonverbal cues to express their emotions and what is happening throughout the movie. The actors draw the audience into the characters’ feelings. You cannot help but root for the couple. Yet, this film is not for younger audiences.

Due to the strong theme presented, I feel that this film is not for younger viewers. Sex is never shown in the movie, but Mildred is pregnant out of wedlock. Richard decides to marry her. Since he cannot marry her in Virginia, he takes her somewhere else to get married. The problems begin when they return to their home state of Virginia. The sheriff’s officers clandestinely come in the middle of the night, drag them out of their home, and lock them into a holding cell. They degrade and humiliate this couple.

By the court day, the couple is faced with going to prison for marrying. The judge makes a deal and banishes the Lovings from Virginia for a quarter of a century in lieu of prison. This couple obeys with no fight or violence. They humbly leave the world that they know for another place to call home.

In general, this movie is an historical film. It is an attempt to simulate the events that took place surrounding the Loving case against the state of Virginia. The film has great acting, directing, and cinematography. Although, I would not recommend this movie for young children, I would more readily suggest this film from an educational view point. If parents want their mature teenager to learn about this civil rights case and discuss the racism, misuse of Scripture and wrong arguments used in this case against interracial marriage, then it could make a good teaching movie. The Lovings are not a part of any civil rights groups; yet, they humbly and softly changed the anti-miscegenation laws in the USA.

I heard one a** word, several times the word n**** is used, the word b***ard is used. There is no nudity. Man and woman are caught in bed in pajamas. God is misrepresented. There is a scene where Richard gets drunk. Richard smokes throughout the film.

Violence: None / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Minor

Is inter-ethnic marriage biblical?

What are the consequences of racial prejudice and false beliefs about the origin of races? Answer

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—I enjoyed the movie. I did notice something that stood out, to me. The scene where she’s washing dishes, talking to the reporter doing dishes, they were the first set I bought. Those Corelle plates were not made in 1967—LOL.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
Martin Moran, age 59 (USA)
Movie Critics
…powerful, understated performances… a humble, soft-spoken film, in which no one so much as raises his voice or weeps in the face of undeniable injustice. …
Peter Debruge, Variety
…a socially conscious drama that admirably underplays its importance. …
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

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