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A Room with a View

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Glorious romance most likely to appeal to older kids.

Movie NR 1985 116 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 16+

Boring fiances, unforgettable swimming scenes, and a room with a view

Personally, I love movies with slow drama and emotional conflict (like this film has), but I found it too slow and too long. In fact, when I watched the film, I was intrigued up until the half-way point when it became *too* slow. As for what you're exposing your kids to, if you're not interested in letting them see any frontal nudity (innocent or not), do NOT let them see this movie unless you're prepared to skip the swimming/bathing scene from 1:04 to 1:07. There's also a honeymoon scene without nudity, but be advised.
age 16+

TMI! Not for children younger than 16

A wonderful, authentic and richly made period movie depicting the mores, behaviors and wealth of the Edwardian age. It shows a young woman coming of age during her Grand Tour, with her chaperone, and Meeting her real true love on this trip. Lovely. But not for young children. There is a brief knife scene where someone gets killed, and a river scene with male frontal nudity, and a honeymoon scene. In this present age where, I believe, children are exposed too early to certain adult themes before they are mature enough to process the information, I think this movie is not for them. It would make a great talking point springboard for older teens.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This lush, satisfying romance is about having the courage to face one's feelings, and to risk intimacy, fully knowing and being known by another person. George never hesitates to take that risk. Cecil, sensitively played by Daniel Day-Lewis as a full character and not a caricature of a fop, has feelings but will never be able to "take to live as (he) plays." Clearly, he does care deeply for Lucy, but he does not have the passionate nature to respond to hers fully, as George does. As George says, Cecil "is the sort who can't know anyone intimately, least of all a woman," someone who wants Lucy as an ornament, perhaps to enjoy her passionate nature by proxy, not realizing that his own proximity is likely to stifle it. George wants Lucy "to have ideas and thoughts and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms."

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