Watch Freeheld

"A true story of love and injustice."
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 6.6  (12,999)
  • 50

Freeheld, a 2015 American drama movie, is based on the true story of Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police detective, who faced discrimination while fighting for her legal rights as she faced terminal lung cancer. The movie was directed by Peter Sollett and stars three of the biggest names in the industry - Julianne Moore, Elliot Page, and Steve Carell.

The story is set in Ocean County, New Jersey, in 2005. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) is a dedicated police officer who has been serving the county for over 23 years. She is a respected member of the force, who happens to be gay. She is deeply in love with Stacie Andree (Elliot Page), a much younger woman, who works as an auto mechanic. When Hester is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she wants to make sure that Andree will get the same benefits as any other spouse of an officer in the force. The couple is happy and content together and wants to spend their remaining days together.

However, they face a huge obstacle in achieving their goal because the law of the county does not recognize same-sex partnerships. Dennis Selby (Steve Carell), a gay rights activist and lawyer, is approached by Laurel and Stacie to take up their case. Selby had been fighting for civil rights for the LGBTQ community and has won several cases in the past. Selby agrees to help the couple fight their case in court. He takes up the case and starts rallying local support for their cause.

The process of fighting the case in court is not easy for Laurel and Stacie. They are faced with opposition from various quarters, including some of their colleagues on the police force who resent the fact that the couple is gay. They do not want their insurance benefits to go to Stacie, a partner of the same gender, and see this as a threat to the "traditional" institution of marriage. Laurel's deteriorating health adds a sense of urgency to the case.

As the legal drama unfolds, the couple gains national attention, and their story becomes a symbol of struggle for civil rights. The local community is slowly won over, and more and more people begin to support the couple's right to equality. The case reaches the state legislature, and Dennis Selby wants to take it all the way to the Supreme Court.

The movie Freeheld is a powerful drama about the struggles faced by Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree as they fought for equal rights. It highlights the discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community and the obstacles they must overcome to achieve equal treatment under the law. The film is a moving tribute to Laurel and Stacie's love and their determination to stand up for themselves.

Julianne Moore delivers a brilliant performance as Laurel Hester. She portrays a complex character who is tough on the outside but vulnerable on the inside. Elliot Page is equally impressive as Stacie Andree, bringing a sense of warmth and humanity to her character. And Steve Carell shines as the over-the-top lawyer, who is passionate about his cause.

The movie Freeheld raises important issues about civil rights and equality, which are still relevant today. The film provides a powerful, emotional look at the fight for same-sex rights and the obstacles faced in that struggle. It is a movie that many will find moving, inspiring and thought-provoking. The characters are well-drawn, and the story is engaging, and audiences will find themselves rooting for the main characters as they fight for their rights.

In conclusion, Freeheld is a must-watch movie for those who are passionate about civil rights, and for those who appreciate powerful performances by talented actors. The movie will leave a lasting impression on the viewers long after it is over. The emotional power of the story is enough to tug at anyone's heartstrings, and the movie is a testament to the importance of staying true to oneself and fighting for one's beliefs.

Freeheld is a 2015 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 43 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 50.

Where to Watch Freeheld
Freeheld is available to watch free on The Roku Channel Free. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime, The Roku Channel, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Freeheld for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
  • Release Date
  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 hr 43 min
  • Language
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (12,999)
  • Metascore