Theatrical Release: October 31, 2008


Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich in a provocative thriller based on actual events: Changeling. In the film, Christine Collins’ (Jolie) prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned. But amidst the frenzy of the photo-op reunion, she realizes this child is not hers. Facing corrupt police and a skeptical public, she desperately hunts for answers, only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever.

Dove Review

“Changeling” tells the story of a mother’s quest to find her missing son; but there is a lot more to the plot than the disappearance of one little boy. When the police present Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with a boy she says is not her son, their dogged insistence that she is wrong seems almost comical at first. Obviously a mother can recognize her own child. But the extent of the corruption in her local police department ensures that in her quest to find the truth, Christine will have to endure much more than the emotional pain of losing a child.

It seems to me that the most shocking stories are not invented by writers, but occur in reality. “Changeling” portrays events that are so incredible, and at times disturbing, that viewers may wish they were a work of fiction. However, the fact that these events actually took place adds a certain intensity to the experience of viewing this film. If it were just a tale spun by screenwriters, this 141-minute long movie would not have captivated me to the extent that it did, as certain aspects of the plot seemed to take longer than necessary to unfold.

There is a certain amount of violence in “Changeling” which is extremely disturbing in nature, and the language alone is enough to prevent the awarding of the Dove Seal to this movie. However, that being said, director Clint Eastwood’s film tells an important story about the devastating effects of police corruption, and the abuse of power by those in positions of authority. We are sorry we could not award it our Seal.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: : F-3; A-2; D-5; J-3; JC-2; SOB-2; OG-2; For C’s sake-1; C-1; D you-1; P-1; Wh*re-1; woman tells man over and over, “I hope you go to H.”
Violence:Man hanged; something unseen is chopped with an axe while blood splatters everywhere; men gunned down with machine guns by corrupt police officers; dead body thrown from car; woman held down against her will and given electroshock treatment; woman subjected to a body cavity search; man slaps woman; woman hits man; young boys murdered (we see a man take a boy into another room, and then the man swinging an axe, and it’s implied that he’s killing the boy. Later, boys’ bones are found).
Drugs: Man smokes a cigarette a couple of times.
Nudity: : Woman is nude while she is being hosed down by nurses in a mental institution, and her rear end is seen but it is not sexual in content; woman is made to stand with her legs apart while nude for a body cavity search (only her bare legs are seen).
Other: None.


Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Brian Grazer
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 141 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Samantha Vandersloot