A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love yourself and accept who you are. Age is just a number. Friendship is important. Communication, curiosity, and compassion are good character strengths.
Positive Role Models
All three women show great communication skills, learning to speak honestly with each other and show compassion in supporting and caring for each other. Their curiosity comes out in their younger forms, but is kept with them when they return to their natural ages, and they are willing to try new things, step out of their comfort zones, and have fun. Initially they yearn for their youth with rose-tinted glasses, but gradually realize self-acceptance is more important.
Three lead characters are older women. All are White, though there is diversity within supporting characters, including a love interest played by Adil Ray, an actor of Asian and African heritage, and Black actor David Harewood as a kindly casino owner. One main character comes out to her friends as bisexual, and it is met with love and support -- a journey not often portrayed on-screen for older women.
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Violence & Scariness
A person gets struck by lightning and dies. Funeral scene. A character falls and ends up in hospital with minor injuries when a bus breaks suddenly. A person faints and falls to the floor. A woman is encouraged to do shots by a man in a nightclub and wakes up back at his place after saying no, though both are fully clothed. A character has cancer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss on lips. Sexual references. Brief discussion about "sagging breasts" in the context of getting older.
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Language includes "a--holes," "asses," "t-ts," "hell," "bloody," and "butt," and "God" in exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Johnny Walker and mezcal alcohol brands. Facebook mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink "magic" whisky frequently. A nightclub scene sees one do tequila shots and wake up the next day in a strange place, and another drinks until they throw up. Alcohol consumed in a casino, but not to the point of intoxication. Passing mention of crystal meth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arthur's Whisky is a British comedy-drama about an older woman who discovers that her late husband invented a whisky that can make you younger, and she shares it with her friends. The three have fun reliving their youth, but soon realize they don't need to be young to live in the moment. Due to the topic, whisky is consumed regularly, and there are scenes of drunkenness, including a character throwing up, and another coerced by a man to do shots and ending up back at his apartment having said no. Occasional language includes "a--holes" and "asses," and there is kissing on the lips, as well as mention of death, cancer, and a funeral. One of the women comes out as bisexual to her friends, which is rarely seen for older women on-screen. All three main characters show good communication skills, compassion, and curiosity, and there are positive messages to take away. With likable actors in the lead roles (both the older and younger versions), and some big names popping up elsewhere, this is an enjoyable comedy aimed at an older audience, but it has enough spark and warmth to appeal across the board to teens and above. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's plenty of chemistry between the three likable leads -- Hodge, Keaton, and Lulu -- and that's enough to give what could otherwise be a predictable story that extra kick. Watching Arthur's Whisky, there's a sense of warmth, friendship, and fun that feels authentic and makes you wonder whether these actors bonded in the same way on set. Their younger counterparts have a similar energy, doing a great job of stepping into pretty established shoes -- particularly Genevieve Gaunt, who plays the younger Keaton, and has her gestures and mannerisms down to a tee (no doubt having mined her back catalog for inspiration). Elsewhere Adil Ray (Citizen Khan) makes an impact as the charming love interest, and the likes of Boy George, Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap), and Lawrence Chaney (RuPaul's Drag Race UK) pop up too. There are definitely generic depictions of women aging -- talking about wrinkles, sagging breasts, difficulty getting up out of chairs, etc. -- that might cause a few eyes to roll, but there's enough else happening to let it slide and concentrate on what is a warm, funny tale of friendship, regardless of age.
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