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Celtic warriors use teamwork and courage to fight back against their Roman occupiers. They are fearsome fighters, with both the Celtic tribe and Roman warriors killing many people on each side. Revenge is a key motivation for some.
Positive Role Models
Boudica is an adventurous queen and mother to two daughters. When the king is killed by Roman occupiers, she follows her fate as a fierce warrior queen who fights back for her people. Cartimanda is a fierce warrior who protects Boudica. Catus Decianus is the arrogant and cruel local Roman ruler who orders people to be tortured and killed. Celt leader Wolfgar begins smarmy and smug but soon accepts Boudica as his leader and follows her into battle.
With a strong female lead, women and girls are generally powerful in the movie. "A Trinovantes woman can do anything. Best of all, fight," says one character. Crying is deemed as a sign of weakness in a leader. Rome passes a law that women can't lead, which Boudica goes against. The cast is nearly all White British, with the exception being the Ukrainian-born Olga Kurylenko, who plays Boudica.
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Violence & Scariness
Strong gory violence throughout, mostly in battles. This includes many beheadings, gory wounds, burning, stabbings, disembowelment, and torture. A character is hung by their wrists and flogged before being branded on their cheek. A character takes their own life by cutting their throat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A Roman ruler sits on a throne in just their underwear. A shirtless man embraces and kisses his wife. He picks her up and says "Let me take you right now" before being interrupted by their children. The couple kiss a couple more times throughout the movie.
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Infrequent language includes "sh--ty," "bastard," "f--k," and "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boudica: Queen of War is an action drama based on the historical female ruler who fought back against Roman occupiers in Britain around 60 AD. Boudica (Olga Kurylenko) is a strong leader but is violent and motivated by revenge. Gore and fighting runs throughout the movie, with regular beheadings, torture, and battles. There is also a scene where someone kills themselves by slicing their own throat. Characters show teamwork and courage to stand up to their cruel Roman oppressors, although this often comes in the shape of organized violence. There is mild sexual content and occasional strong language, which includes "f--k" and "s--t". The film is known simply as Boudica in some territories. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With gallons of gore and a strong female leader, this should have been good fun for people who like their historical movies to be lively. Unfortunately, Boudica: Queen of War's gloomy tone and long, TV quality battles make it an underwhelming viewing experience. Kurylenko gives a spirited performance as Boudica, but has little to do as her small army goes from battle to bloody battle. A magic sword gives a glimmer of fantasy fun. But for a movie paced like a 1980s sword and sorcery slog, it lacks that genre's anything-goes fantasy themes and bigger than life airbrushed looks. Instead the men's 21st-century haircut and beard combos add to the mundane plod of Boudica's raging against the Romans.
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