Revolutionary Road

Theatrical Release: January 23, 2009
Revolutionary Road


Frank and April, a married couple in the 1950s, have always seen themselves as special, different, ready and willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. So, as soon as they move into their new house on Revolutionary Road, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era. Yet for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn’t expect: a good man with a routine job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other. Driven to change their fates, April hatches an audacious plan to start all over again, to leave the comforts of Connecticut behind for the great unknown of Paris. But when the plan is put in motion, each spouse is pushed to extremes–one to escape whatever the cost, the other to save all that they have, no matter the compromises.

Dove Review

The talent in this film becomes obvious by simply watching it. Both DiCaprio and Winslet breathe life into their characters, the married (but not necessarily happily) Frank and April Wheeler. This film features the theme of simply surviving and working for a paycheck while grappling with the decision of whether or not to leave the security of a regular job and home to move to Paris to pursue dreams and to find one’s self. Just when the dream seems to actually be coming true, April learns she is pregnant and Frank is offered a promotion and pay raise at his job. Suddenly his desire for security grows, while April’s spirit is crushed when she sees the change in Frank.

This film realistically deals with the pressures of living in a suburban area and focuses on the stress to make money, to raise a family and not become stuck in a rut. It also deals with marital unhappiness. This movie features passionate romance and fighting and, unfortunately, strong language along with brief nudity and mature themes. We are unable to recommend this movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Adultery and a scene which, after a couple has sex, includes brief nudity; another adulterous affair; sounds are heard as couples have sex; a husband and wife make love and although no nudity is shown it is obvious as to what is happening.
Language: GD-10; JC/J-6; Ch*ist-4; G-5; F-10; S-3; H-15; D-6; A-3; Cr*p-1
Violence: A man almost strikes his wife but doesn't; man pounds on roof of car in anger; man breaks chair during an argument and knocks things off dresser; blood is seen on the floor and on back of woman's slip after she gives herself an abortion.
Drugs: A lot of drinking and smoking cigarettes in the film.
Nudity: Part of a woman's bare rear is seen and her breasts are seen following her having sex with a married man; shirtless men; men and women wearing swim suits in the fifties on a beach.
Other: A pregnant woman drinks and smokes while pregnant; a woman performs an abortion on herself; a couple fights fiercely at times and calls each other names and swears at each other.


Company: DreamWorks
Writer: Justin Haythe and Richard Yates
Director: Sam Mendes
Producer: Bobby Cohen
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 119 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter