A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Twice-married and -divorced, Burton and Taylor still clearly care for each other, which sends a clear message about longterm, realistic adult friendship. This message is counteracted by their destructive habits and behavior.
Positive Role Models
Burton and Taylor are iconic movie stars, famous more for their relationships and their destructive habits than most else. They drink, smoke, and cheat on their partners.
Violence & Scariness
At one point, Burton and Taylor have an emotional slap fight -- she hits him twice, he threatens her but does not hit her back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many double entendres and discussions of sex -- at one point Burton and Taylor have illicit sex while Burton is engaged to someone else. Some sexual talk: references to Taylor's "t-ts."
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Some language throughout including "f--k" and one "c--t." Many British curses: "bloody" and "bugger."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters drink onscreen and act drunk. Taylor makes references to using pills for a medical condition, but slurs her words and acts high. Burton smokes nearly constantly onscreen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Burton and Taylor is a drama about real-life actors and on-and-off mates Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton who drink, smoke, and take pills and act intoxicated. The actors discuss past sexual rendezvous, body parts, and eventually cheat on their unknowing partners. At one point, they engage in a physical fight; Taylor hits Burton several times in the face and he threatens to hit her back. Expect a few strong words ("f--k" and "c--t"), along with some sexual language. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a sweet, sad, wistful and realistic look at a long-term romance and the two dysfunctional people in it. The first alert that Burton and Taylor is not of the "ripped from the headlines" variety of biopic comes a short way into the picture, when Bonham-as-Taylor and West-as-Burton share a tense moment, followed by a tender reminiscence from years past. It's a very real moment between what seems like people who have known each other for a long time, who have loved and fought and given up, but not on each other.
Bonham Carter's Taylor has the mannered speech and throaty cackle of the real article, ensuring that for once, Taylor's depiction isn't mainly about period-correct eyeliner and scarves. There's real chemistry with Dominc West as well. The viewer winds up rooting for them to go ahead and get married a third time...until the movie ends, and the gut-punching coda arrives: Richard Burton died just a few months after the time period shown in the film. And Taylor talked to him on the phone the day of his death.
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