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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Money, breeding is important, but love wins.
Positive Role Models
Some motivated by class and wealth, others by pureness of character, spirit.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional yelling, pushing, falls; a few bloody injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Subtle references to inappropriate sexual advances.
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Use of "damn" and "oh my God" as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hard liquor, wine, sherry. Alcoholism a theme; pipe-smoking visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne is a romantic British series set in Victorian England. While it addresses some mature themes, including marrying for money, manslaughter, illegitimacy, and alcoholism, the violence and sexual references are minimal and will go over heads of younger viewers (although they probably won't be too interested in watching, anyway). Teen and adult Downton Abbey fans will find this similar soapy (but classy!) drama appealing. 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 entertaining British miniseries offers viewers a story full of romance and class distinctions that promises stately soap opera-like drama and a happy ending. Despite some creative license taken with the TV adaptation, it stays true to Trollope's work, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at Victorian high society and the hypocrisy that resulted from trying to maintain it.
It's not as energetic as Downton Abbey, but there are some robust characters here thanks to Rebecca Front and Ian McShane's performances. Meanwhile, Julian Fellowes' stately introductions at the beginning of each installment give it Masterpiece Theatre-like quality that adds to the show's flair. The costumes, grand English estates, and, of course, British accents also make it a worthwhile watch for those who like period pieces from across the pond.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.