Oscar season is upon us, which means lots of movies with drawn out plots and incredible acting are being watched by the frenzied public who don’t want to seem out of touch with what’s happening. Sadly, many oscar winning or nominated movies are rated R. This rating will keep many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from viewing them. To help you all feel slightly cultured during this season when everyone and their aunt becomes a film critic, we have provided a list of possible “Best Picture” films that should jive decently well with our boycott of the R rating.
Here is the list of the 2015 Oscar Nominees that are Millennial Mormon approved:
Staring: Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
Plot: During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking.
Why see it: Benedict is our favorite, and Keira is awesome, and this will help stave off our desire for more Sherlock… for a while at least.
Staring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, and Tim Roth
Plot: A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language.
Why see it: Anything about MLKJ and the Civil Right’s movement is obviously going to be amazing and a tear jerker.
Staring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Tom Prior
Plot: The relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.
Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material
Why see it: One, it’s about a man and his wife which it totally up the alley of every hopefully single person, and married couple. Two, because Stephen Hawking.
Obviously we all thought this list would be longer. If you’re ok with R-rated films, this list will double in size. For those who don’t watch movies rated over PG-13, these films should be enough to give you something to say when your co-worker-turned-film-critic friend asks your opinion. Make sure to watch them all before February 22nd!