The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Rated PG-13 114 minutes 2005

This entry in the bloody-awful sweepstakes has but one thing going for it: a cast filled with Oscar nominees, including Tom Wilkinson as a priest accused of helping to kill a young woman he was trying to save (from the Devil, booga booga booga), Laura Linney as the defense attorney trying to keep said priest out of the clink, and House of Sand and Fog's Shohreh Aghdashloo in a part so small, it'd take you longer to spell her name than it does for her to deliver her lines. Slumming it in a high-rent production of lowbrow material, they take this nonsense seriously, to the point of rendering it giggle-out-loud funny. Not in a long while has a movie been so somber and silly all at once. Wilkinson and Linney both underact, as if by pretending to be sad, broken people they can lend some gravitas to a film begging to be freed of its possession by a bunch of knuckleheads.

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Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/exorcismofemilyrose/site

Director: Scott Derrickson

Writer: Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman

Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Paul Harris Boardman

Cast: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jennifer Carpenter and Colm Feore

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