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.
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.