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Parents' Guide to

My Week With Marilyn

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Appealing Monroe drama has strong language, some sexuality.

Movie R 2011 99 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Just ok

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Great biography film. Suitable for teens 15+

This movie is about a short-term relationship between Colin Clark and Marilyn Monroe who has their downs and turn ups. There is some strong vulgar language in the film, such as multiple uses of the f--k, s--t, and some religious profanities. There is some sexual humor and dialogue mostly said by Marilyn Monroe and her fans, not too sexual or explicit. In the violence category, there are some heated arguments between Marilyn and Colin which can disturb some viewers. Also, there is some nudity in the film, but doesn't show it graphically, just briefly, like the backside of Marilyn in the shower and skinny dipping in the lake. The main precaution you all should notify your kids is the graphic strong language in this film.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Redmayne is a chameleon of an actor, sometimes gritty, sometimes noble. Here he's a naif of sorts -- albeit one with noble lineage -- who finds himself struck by the phenomenon that is Marilyn Monroe. It's Redmayne's ability to come across as both in awe and yet completely in touch with Monroe's vulnerability that endears him here and makes him completely believable as Clark. It must help to have the seasoned Branagh and Dame Judi Dench to work with -- and, even more impressively, Williams, who has found a way to become a Marilyn who still holds a mystery, despite pop culture's endless examination of the actress and her life. What Williams manages to really sell is Monroe's simultaneous innocence and canniness -- a major feat.

The screenplay errs on the side of thin; we don't really get to know (or understand) Clark or his motivations for certain choices. At times, you can't help but wonder whether the vantage point from which you're watching things unfold is ever going to be questioned, and the film often seems in awe of Marilyn when we long to really get to know her. But, then again, can that be helped? Wasn't that precisely the hold the actress had on everyone in her orbit?

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