Pride

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Winning English dramedy has some language, risqué moments.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 120 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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."

Consumerism
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byB-KMastah October 12, 2014

It works at times, but don't believe the hype.

I had never seen a trailer for this nor had I read any reviews, so when I saw the universal praise for this movie, I was kind of taken aback. This isn't a... Continue reading
Adult Written byKateM 4 February 6, 2016

Captures the feel of the era perfectly

I was a midlands teenager at the time of the miners' strike, and it captures the feel of the era perfectly. Yes, it's sentimental at times, but the... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 31, 2015

Amazingly done film that doesn't deserve it's R rating

This fantastic film based on a true story is nothing short of a work of art! It's well-written, well-directed, well-casted, I could go on for days! Why thi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byThe Cheap Seats January 4, 2015

What's the story?

In March of 1984, England's National Union of Mineworkers went on strike to protest Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's plans to close down 20 coal mines. PRIDE follows the remarkable story of how the rural coal miners found allies from an unlikely quarter -- young gay-rights activists in London. The day of the Pride Parade, young, mostly closeted Joe (George Mackay) reluctantly decides to march and ends up hanging out with a small group of activists at a gay bookstore. Mark (Ben Schnetzer) believes that the gay and lesbian community should support the mineworkers by raising money to donate to a down-and-out mine town. He calls the newly founded group Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners, but their efforts are rejected time and time again. Then Welsh bookstore owner Gethin (Andrew Scott) recommends they try a town in Wales -- and the LGSM finally convinces a South Wales mining community in Onllym to take the money. The town sends union committee officer Dai (Paddy Considine) to London to collect the funds, and he then invites the LGSM to visit, causing initial conflict among the townsfolk but eventually leading to a mutually beneficial alliance.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they learned from Pride. Did you know about the events depicted in the film? Does the movie make you want to learn more about that period of time? Do you think the filmmakers might have changed any facts? Why might they choose to do that?

  • Do you have to agree with the LGSM's politics to enjoy Pride? Do you think it's has a specific agenda? Does your enjoyment of the movie depend on your political views about gay rights or miners' rights?

  • What does Dai mean when he tells Mark not to "give it all to the fight"? What is the movie's take on standing up or for causes you believe in?

  • How does the movie portray alcohol and drug use? Are there any consequences? Should there be?

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