Parents' Guide to

Gosford Park

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Wonderful British whodunit has some sex, language.

Movie R 2001 137 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Fantastic cast and great narrative!

Excellent film. From beginning to end. It is chock full of excellent performances and sharp banter. The film's main character is class hierarchy, upstairs and downstairs that Fellowes depicts so well. Altman does an excellent job of tying it all together. Owen stands out and reminds us why he was in such demand as the hero in the 90s and 00s. Smith and Mirren remind us why they are such class act in high demand actresses...they stand out! Although no one in this film is a slouch...even Phillippe who I tend to not care for. In this case he was well cast as the obnoxious cad with no class...well done. A wonderful homage to Rules of the Game (1939).
age 13+

Robert Altman's amazing comeback...

Gosford Park is a wonderful, smart and terrifically entertaining film. Excellent performers join a very good script to create a complex portrait of flawed beings, all looking out for themselves, one way or another. If your kid likes games like Clue, and is patient enough, you should really consider allowing him to watch this film. Maggie Smith and Helen MIrren are the standouts in a star-filled cast.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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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