Loved One, The
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Loved One, The
-- Disjointed satire on life and death in America as a penniless Brit (Robert Morse) arrives in Los Angeles where an uncle (John Gielgud) working in the movie industry promptly commits suicide, leaving the nephew to arrange his burial in a glitzy cemetary run by a phony minister (Jonathan Winters). Directed by Tony Richardson from Evelyn Waugh's novel, the bizarre narrative is a jumble of cynical situations, including the nephew's romance with a lady embalmer (Anjanette Comer) who's sweet on her repulsive boss (Rod Steiger), but the proceedings are tiresomely overdone, sometimes gross and not very amusing. Sexual situations and innuendoes. (A-IV) (br)
These movies have been evaluated for artistic merit and moral suitability by the media reviewing division of Catholic News Service. The reviews include the CNS rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.
The classifications are as follows:
A-I -- general patronage;
A-II -- adults and adolescents;
A-III -- adults;
L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
O -- morally offensive.
Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.