A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The intelligent script reveals just how intertwined the lives of the different classes really are, despite outward appearances. The movie also explores what lengths people will go to in order to protect the ones they love.
Positive Role Models
No one is terribly upset when Sir William is murdered and it becomes clear why: He used his power and class to hurt many. Before he dies, visitors still suck up to him for money. Head housekeeper Mrs. Wilson tries hard to protect the ones she cares about.
Violence & Scariness
A murder by poisoning and then the corpse is stabbed. You see the corpse fall over with a knife and no blood. A bullet grazes an ear in a hunting scene. One servant sexually assaults another, but is caught before it goes beyond rough kissing and groping.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Three affairs between servants and those they serve. Two scenes show a kitchen maid in the dark with some thrusting in the shadows barely visible. Some bawdy talk and sexual references, including mentions of illegitimate children and hints of a homosexual relationship.
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Language is infrequent but includes "f--king." Also: "s--t," "piss," "hell," "damn," "bloody," and "bugger all." (Note that cigarettes in Britain are called "fags.")
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking in many, many scenes in this 1932-set movie -- cigarettes and pipes. A drunken servant is carried to bed, and there's plenty of drinking of wine and whiskey at the dinner parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gosford Park has sexual references and situations (briefly graphic), including adultery, a hint of a homosexual relationship, and an attempted molestation. There is some strong language, including "f--king," and a character is murdered by poisoning and stabbed afterward. Accurate to the period, characters smoke and drink heavily. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As in his best movies, director Robert Altman masterfully handles a dozen overlapping and intersecting storylines. Somewhere in the midst, there is a murder, but its resolution is incidental to the many other revelations and confrontations.
The Oscar-winning script is superb, but the movie is mostly a banquet of magnificent performances by most of England's finest performers. The Collector's Edition DVD has outstanding extras, including commentary by the director, production designer, producer, and screenwriter, deleted scenes, and a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Strongly recommended for older teens and adults.
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