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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love endures, but honesty is critical. Serious themes include death and infidelity.
Positive Role Models
Kate and Geoff have had a long and enduring marriage but are wrestling with themselves -- and with each other -- to keep it alive.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A long-married couple sometimes shares affectionate moments, including hugs, warm caresses, and a sex scene that's notable for being more realistic than erotic. No graphic nudity.
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Some profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters often drink wine, etc. at meals and parties or while relaxing at home. Some smoke cigarettes, including one man who resumes smoking after a long hiatus.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 45 Years is an intense indie drama that deals with mature themes like death, infidelity, and memory, some of which might be too mature for younger viewers. (Not that they're terribly likely to be clamoring to see a movie about an aging, long-married couple anyway.) One scene shows an elderly couple having sex; there's no graphic nudity, but it's clear what they're doing. There's frank talk about one character's death, as well as strong language ("s--t," "f--k," etc.), social drinking, and smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If still waters run deep, then 45 YEARS -- a searing and powerful drama -- has fathoms beneath it. A seemingly stable relationship shifts techtonically, but the audience isn't clubbed over the head with this revolution. Instead, like lobsters sitting in increasingly boiling water, we feel the heat slowly, sometimes imperceptibly, but definitely permanently. Kudos to director Andrew Haigh, who allows the camera to capture the small but significant moments that tell the story of doubt creeping into an otherwise solid marriage. But, truly, it's stars Courtenay and Rampling who make the movie the tour de force that it is.
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