A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance of true love, and how it must be fought for, despite what society and class dictates. This does lead to plenty of sneaking around and deceit within the film. Women's sexuality is to be celebrated.
Positive Role Models
Connie Reid (or Lady Chatterley) is incredibly strong-willed, and in touch with her sexuality. She has autonomy of herself and tends to her desires, at a time when many women weren't able to do so. She is also willing to sacrifice everything for love. Meanwhile, her husband, Clifford, is quite selfish, and old-fashioned, a product of the era. He is suffering from PTSD. Oliver Mellors shows Connie kindness and is sensitive toward her needs. He is aware of the potential repercussions of their relationship but doesn't let this stop them.
While the film has a nearly all-White cast, the narrative is centered around a female lead, and really celebrates her sexual needs and desires. The movie is also directed by a French woman. A prominent character is a wheelchair user having been injured in war and is living with PTSD.
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Violence & Scariness
Character threatens another with a gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent, graphic, simulated sex. Two characters engage in intercourse, both completely naked, indoors and outdoors. There is quite physical, semi-degrading sex, which is led and encouraged by the female. There is one scene where two characters dance around together, both fully nude.
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"F--k" is used on a few occasions along with "bloody," "damn," and "hell." "God" and "Jesus" also used as exclamations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol at social events.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lady Chatterley's Lover is a romantic drama -- based on D.H. Lawrence's classic novel -- that features plenty of sex and nudity. It stars Emma Corrin as the aristocratic Connie Reid and Jack O'Connell as her gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, who becomes her lover. There are numerous graphic sex scenes with both lead characters seen fully nude -- including full frontal when dancing in the rain. One sex scene between the couple is quite rough and degrading to Connie, but she encourages it. That sets the tone for a film that explores female desire, at a time when it simply wasn't explored. Connie is strong-willed and courageous, whereas her husband, Clifford Chatterley (Matthew Duckett), represents an old-fashioned man in that world. As such, she feels trapped when with him, which in part leads Connie to her affair. Despite their different social standings, Connie and Oliver risk everything to be with one another with the positive message being that true love will prevail. There is swearing in the film with a few uses of the word "f--k." 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 reimagining of D.H. Lawrence's classic novel is a story that has been told before, a few times. Yet this version of Lady Chatterley's Lover is a more than welcome and capable adaptation of the one-time controversial piece of literature. Interestingly, director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and writer David Magee have resisted any urge to massively deviate from the source material. It remains very true to the original text.
The fact that this retelling still grabs your attention is credit to Clermont-Tonnerre's accomplished cinematic storytelling. There's a confidence to her filmmaking style, and she evidently trusts her two leads, and she has every right to. Corrin and O'Connell are both brilliant in the leading roles, especially Corrin who truly shines as the film's titular character, doing as much justice to Lady Chatterley as they did Lady Diana in the fourth season of The Crown.
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