A Beautiful Mind
This true story stars Russell Crowe as mathematical genius John F. Nash, Jr., who becomes a Nobel Laureate in 1994, for his game theory developed at Princeton University in the late 1940s. Eccentric John refuses to attend class, scribbles complex mathematical formulas on the library window panes and is a social oddball. Then he meets Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), a beautiful, intelligent young woman completely charmed by John’s bumbling ways. When Dr. Nash has a mental breakdown in the 1950s, it almost destroys the brilliant professor’s marriage and career. Directed by Ron Howard, “A Beautiful Mind” tells a story of courage, love and strength as John, with Alicia’s help, learns to distinguish reality from illusion. Mature audiences will find “A Beautiful Mind” absorbing and thought provoking.
While hospitalized, John cuts his wrist to remove an imagined government-implanted sensor and undergoes graphic shock treatments. Alicia bravely chooses to care for her paranoid-schizophrenic husband rather than have him re-committed. Without her love and strength, his genius could have been wasted by a lifetime of confinement. During his Princeton days John approaches a girl in the bar and, lacking any social skills, bluntly suggests they have sex. And there is a subtle suggestion that he and Alicia have sex before marriage. Otherwise, the major offensive element is foul language with a few strong profanities and several obscenities, which mars “A Beautiful Mind” and prevents us from awarding the Dove Seal to this movie.