A Room with a View

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
A Room with a View Movie Poster Image
Glorious romance most likely to appeal to older kids.
  • NR
  • 1985
  • 116 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

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 an... Continue reading
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 th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfluffycats March 31, 2015

Amazing

A Room with a View is an outstanding movie filled with drama and romance. There is a scene which includes multiple naked men, but the scene is in no way sexual,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybecca.knott March 24, 2015
This is a very well written and acted out movie. Parents are complaining about the male nudity shown in the scene and groping near the end. I agree it's in... Continue reading

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?

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."

Talk to your kids 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?

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Movie details

For kids who love romance and travel

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