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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While the movie teaches the importance of family, it goes some way to excusing lying, cheating, and murder.
Positive Role Models
Housekeeper Grace Hawkins commits terrible acts, including murder, though does so to protect her family. Other characters are seen to be relatively kind and caring but also have affairs, choose work over family, and act out for attention.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are fatally hit with objects including an axe and an iron. Dead bodies are shown, and there is passing mention of dismemberment. But there is very little blood or gore. A dog is also killed off camera. There is a cycling accident and allusion is made to a heart attack resulting in a scene at a funeral. Instances of bullying in a school environment include a kid being pushed to the ground. A teen is filmed changing without consent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters have an affair. Sexual intercourse is shown on-screen beneath bedsheets. Kissing and caressing is seen on a number of occasions and there is some partial nudity. There are frequent sexual references and innuendo.
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Frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bugger," and "bitch," as well as "bloody" and "Jesus."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink spirits in moderation after a dramatic event.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Keeping Mum is a dark British comedy with frequent strong language, violence, and murder. The movie stars Maggie Smith as Grace Hawkins, an elderly housekeeper who goes to extreme lengths to make her family happy. The violence includes people being hit with objects such as an iron and an axe. There is little blood or gore, and although most of the violence is not actually shown, dead bodies are depicted. There is also the killing of a dog, schoolyard bullying, and a cycling accident. It is suggested that a character dies of a heart attack. Frequent strong language includes use of the words "f--k" and "s--t," and there is constant sexual innuendo. There is also some sex, which although not graphic does involve partial nudity. There is also a scene where a teen is unknowingly filmed while getting changed. Though dark in subject matter with adult themes, this is a relatively light comedy with ample British charm. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A British comedy with a stellar cast that never quite gets a grip on its tone, skimping on the dark comedy that might have better suited the subject matter in favor of labored innuendo. Where the fun really lies in Keeping Mum is with the breezy Mary Poppins-like way Smith's housekeeper character approaches the most macabre of tasks, while predictable provincial drama unfolds all around. So when the film strays into sexual innuendo -- pushed to the limit in Patrick Swayze's sleazy golf teacher -- it snaps you out of what was an enjoyable watch.
Scott Thomas gives a strong performance as the wife at her wit's (and her libido's) end, and Atkinson taps into his Four Weddings and a Funeral bumble with unexpected restraint as the clueless husband of the cloth. It's slight but charming, and fun in places, with the veteran actors just managing to keep the undisciplined screenplay on track until the grisly end.
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