A Room with a View

 
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Glorious romance most likely to appeal to older kids.
  • Review Date: April 18, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 1985
  • Running Time: 116 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Following your heart, not society's or your family's expectations; living passionately, not quietly.

Violence

A character is stabbed and dies in a very brief fight; some blood shown.

Sex

Brief nude scenes as the men go swimming (and as they run when the women approach), overall theme of the importance of sensuality; some passionate kisses.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals with issues of intimacy and self-repression. There's nonsexualy male full-fruntal nudity as men bathe in a pond. A man is killed in a very brief knife fight.

What's the story?

Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) arrives in Italy with her straitlaced aunt Charlotte (Maggie Smith). Disappointed at not getting the room with a view they had been promised when making their reservations at the inn, they are not sure whether it is proper to accept the offer of Mr. Emerson (Denholm Elliot) and his son George (Julian Sands), staying at the same inn, to switch rooms so they may have a view after all. Reassured by the clergyman, Mr. Beebe (Simon Callow), they agree. Later, out in the countryside, George impetuously kisses Lucy, and her aunt, horrified, whisks her back to England. There, Lucy is engaged to Cecil. The Emersons move into a cottage near the Honeychurch family, invited by Cecil, who does not realize that Lucy knows them. Lucy does her best to resist her attraction to George, but ultimately breaks the engagement to Cecil, marries George, and returns with him to the room with a view.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

A ROOM WITH A VIEW 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."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how lush natural settings have a powerful effect on fictional characters, especially those in love, or wanting to fall in love. In Shakespeare, lovers go to the woods to straighten things out. In the British literature of the 19th and early 20th century, they often go to Italy, which represents freedom from repression. The wheat field where George kisses Lucy is in sharp contrast to the manicured lawns of the Honeychurch home, as the precise and cerebral Cecil is in contrast to the passionate George. Questions for Kids: What leads Lucy to break her engagement to Cecil? What leads her to accept her feelings for George. Mr. Emerson refers to a "Yes! And a Yes! And a Yes" at the "side of the Everlasting Why." What does this mean? What is the meaning of the title?

     

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 1, 1985
DVD release date:November 13, 2001
Cast:Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith
Director:James Ivory
Studio:Merchant-Ivory
Genre:Romance
Run time:116 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 9 year old Written byLookingForClean... January 22, 2010
 

Decieved not for kids tainted by nudity and groping.

I was deceived, Who wants to see naked men running around. I was thinking this movie was like a Jane Austen movie, but it lacked taste. Not only were there naked men but he totally groped her with his mouth at the end. This story and message could have been good if it was not tainted so. I don't need my kids watching this and missing the whole story because all they could remember were a few tactless moments, this is definitely not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 5, 7, and 9 year old Written byMamaLlama3 May 10, 2013
 

Story line/characters need a bit of work, too much skin.

This movie was o.k. The story was pretty good, but I felt that they didn't do a very good job developing the relationships between the characters (Lucy and George and Lucy and Cecil). It was like they were all of a sudden in love. I was glad when she ended her engagement with Cecil, as he is a total cad who drinks too much and is a chain smoker. George is more "real". I was also disappointed by the nude swimming scene. It is possible to have a swimming scene - even if the swimmers are nude - without showing anything. We know what's going on, we don't need to see it. There is also a scene at the end when Lucy and George are married where they are shown without any clothes, kissing, and then they fall into bed. You don't see any full body parts but it's not necessary. Again, we're all aware of what happens when a couple gets married....we don't need to see it.
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Too much sex
Parent of an infant, 3, and 4 year old Written bypetersfamilyband April 9, 2008
 

A great adaption of an excellent book

This is a great film adaptation of the classic novel by E.M. Forster. It's very true to the plot of the novel, and does a great job of capturing most of the book's themes - particularly equality in relationships and being true to oneself rather than conventions. It is also a sweet love story. I was surprised that this website has the movie rated 10+ because there is male frontal nudity in this film. The nudity is not at all sexual - in fact, it's just plain silly - but it is still something I'd be hesitant to let a child watch. I think this would be a great movie for a teenager in high school. 15+

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