Parents' Guide to

My Policeman

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British romantic drama has sex, nudity, homophobia, smoking.

Movie R 2022 113 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Truly amazing film!

My child has been talking about this movie for months as it’s one of her favorite books! I was nervous as she’s only 15 ,but I knew how much this movie meant to her and she’s very mature so we went. I got uncomfortable in some parts as things were referenced or said but nothing ever in detail was shown. I feel the movie changed my thoughts on LGBTQ community and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Parents take your child to the movie if it means that much to them, make the memories. Your children see and hear way worse and in school and I truly believe this movie is a must see if your child loves the book! This movie had nothing graphic or truly inappropriate, I don’t know why the rating is so high, maybe the swearing?

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Set in Brighton, England, and adapted from a 2012 novel of the same name, this romantic drama jumps back and forth between the 1950s and 1990s. At the heart of My Policeman is a gay love story and the struggles that homosexual men in particular faced both from society and the law in the not too distant past. In a series of prolonged flashbacks, pop star turned actor Harry Styles plays Tom Burgess, a policeman who falls in love with museum curator, Patrick Hazelwood (David Dawson). But at a time when being gay was illegal in the United Kingdom, the two hide their relationship and Tom marries Marion (Emma Corrin) instead.

The film does a good job of depicting the struggles that men like Tom and Patrick faced. The secrecy, the threat of violence and arrest, and the impact that all had on their well-being. However, the film suffers from a poor script and unfortunately Styles doesn't convince that his leap from pop stardom to silver screen will be a seamless one. With the likes of seasoned pros such as McKee and Everett -- who play the older versions of Marion and Patrick -- and the impressive Dawson, Styles' performance takes you out of the moment, which is to the detriment of the film.

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