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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In a hostile environment against substantial odds, even those who seem powerless can prevail if their cause is just and they have courageous leadership. Everyone must stand tall together when facing discrimination and unfairness.
Positive Role Models
The filmmakers make an effort to avoid stereotyping both men and women in this period piece. Rita O'Grady, a working class woman, is characterized as brave, smart, caring, and understanding as are women in the upper reaches of English society. Most of the corporate types depicted are concerned only with the bottom line and appear to see women as second-class citizens. They are balanced by a sympathetic male supervisor, some loving family members, and some men in the upper echelons of society who are willing to change their views.
Violence & Scariness
A man has a brief nightmare which recalls a wartime experience. There is an off camera suicide; the character's shoes, hanging and swinging are seen as a scream is heard.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is shown briefly, from the shoulders up and clothed, having sexual intercourse in a tavern bathroom. In a factory with soaring temperatures, some of the women remove their shirts and work in their bras in several scenes.
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Lots of hard-edged working class swearing, British style: "bollocks," "arse," "shitty," "dick," "s--t," "nard on," and numerous uses of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
The Ford Motor company is the chief villain in this film.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Set in 1968, many of the characters (including the leading men and women) smoke throughout. There is some drinking at a local bar and at a party, several participants are drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though this film is rated R, based on occasional vulgar language ("f--k" in numerous forms, "bollocks," "arse," "s--t'), and one short sexual encounter (shot from the shoulders up; participants are clothed), it is an educational and entertaining look back at a courageous period in the history of women's rights. Set in England, the working class dialect may be hard for an American audience to understand in some scenes, but it most likely will not impact the viewer's general grasp of the story. One secondary character has a violent dream and then commits suicide off camera. His feet are seen swaying above the floor as his wife screams upon discovering him. Assorted women of all shapes and sizes remove their shirts and work in their bras in an uncomfortably warm factory. Many characters smoke frequently and there is some drinking and drunkenness when the workers unwind in local bars. 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 film about the triumph of the underdog is not original, but done well and with heart, it's always affecting; MADE IN DAGENHAM is one such film. It feels authentic, has wonderful performances, and avoids sentimentality. Sally Hawkins sparkles in her role as "everywoman." The filmmakers have gathered an impressive array of supporting players, paid important attention to the detail of the period, and worked from a script that feels fresh even though the story can't help but be predictable. (Why would they have made this movie if Rita O'Grady and her followers had failed in their endeavor?)
Sad that it has an R rating which might keep many young people from experiencing this entertaining and moving lesson in gender politics.
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