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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film embraces the ideas that there's strength in numbers and that it's important to support not just those who share your background and beliefs but also anyone else who could use your support. The movie encourages young adults to be honest about who they are and stresses how joining a cause can change your life.
Positive Role Models
The activists are bold, brave, and outspoken about their beliefs. The miners want to work under safe, profitable conditions that will allow them to care for their families.
Violence & Scariness
People angrily spit at or throw things at the LGSM, and one of the gay characters is beaten up so badly that he has to be hospitalized. The police are physical with the striking miners -- pushing and shoving and arresting protesters. Two men try to make trouble when the LGSM visits their town, but two other men grab them and threaten to hurt them if they lay a hand on the LGSM members.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples kiss and dance and are shown cuddling in bed together, but there's no actual sex in the movie. Women find a sex toy and a pornographic magazine in a couple's bedroom and make jokes about both.
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Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "tw-t," and derogatory slurs like "pervert," "poofts," "f-g," etc. Joe's brother-in-law makes rude comments, saying that AIDS means "Anally Injected Death Sentence."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults (everyone is over 21 except for Joe, who's 20) are shown drinking (mostly pints of beer), and in a couple of scenes they smoke marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pride is a feel-good fact-based dramedy about a group of British gay and lesbian activists who supported the National Union of Mineworkers during the latter group's legendary year-long strike in 1984-1985. Since it's based on historical events, the movie will definitely inform teens about issues they probably didn't know much about, and it will reinforce the idea that successful sociopolitical campaigns and movements require alliances between different groups. There's some strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more), sexual innuendo (including a shot of straight women joking about a sex toy and nudie magazine they find in a gay couple's bedroom), passionate kissing (both opposite-sex and same-sex, though mostly the latter), a hate crime beating of a gay character, and pushing and shoving between police and the striking miners. Adults also drink and smoke both cigarettes and marijuana on occasion. The movie's politics, particularly when it comes to the pivotal issues of gay rights and labor rights, are pro-Labour Party and anti-Margaret Thatcher. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's something magical about feel-good British movies that celebrate the proverbial underdog, like Billy Elliot and The Full Monty, and Pride is a brilliant, touching addition to that subgenre. Stage and screen director Matthew Warchus and screenwriter Stephen Beresford have captured the heart and humor of what happened when young, urban activists didn't just raise money but also really connected with the predictably closed-minded folks from a small mining town. The questions and comments that the older generation of Onllym citizens pose, while rooted in stereotypes, are adorably well-meaning -- like when a grandmotherly woman asks young lesbians if it's true that they're all vegetarians, or when a young man asks flamboyant Jonathan (Dominic West) if he'll teach him how to dance. The older folks eventually help their young counterparts as well, showing them that friendship should be unconditional and that they shouldn't give their whole lives to the fight.
The multi-generational cast is wonderful, with Schnetzer (so memorable as Max in The Book Thief) and Mackay (How I Live Now) as standouts among the up-and-coming actors and Considine, West, and Bill Nighy as scene-stealers among the more seasoned pros. This isn't a super-serious chronicle of the miners' strike or the English gay rights movement; the story doesn't dig too deeply into the reasons behind the strike, and it ends with the following year's Pride Parade, when AIDS is the dominant crisis of the gay community. But Warchus didn't set out to make a heartwrenching drama like The Normal Heart; Pride is exactly what it was meant to be -- a charming and unforgettable story of friendship and standing together.
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