In the movie Freeheld, New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, (Oscar winner Julianne Moore) and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, (Ellen Page) both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, the movie Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
There’s talk of Julianne Moore being a front runner for the Best Actress Oscar again in 2016 for her role as a lesbian, terminal cancer patient.
Here’s what the majority of respected movie critics are saying about Freeheld: Freeheld certainly means well, but its cardboard characters and by-the-numbers drama undermine its noble intentions and make it a complete bore.