A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage, perseverance, and the importance of standing up for what's right. Insensitive comments about suicide. Some old-fashioned views of how women should behave. How the behavior of adults can influence younger people.
Positive Role Models
Thomas Miller risks everything to uncover the truth, puts himself in further danger when trying to relay his information to the secret services. The film is littered with spies, conspiracies, and those working against their own nation. Discussion about the merits of Nazism, and being proud of your nation. But those debating are portrayed as being naive rather than being correct. In one scene, women are taught how to walk in an eloquent way.
Violence & Scariness
A body is seen washed up on the shore. Gunshots fired at a car; someone is killed. Physical fights between police and citizens; one character is knocked unconscious. Characters shoot and kill one another, and a gun is pointed at a school kid. A German plane is intercepted by the Brits. The constant threat of war looms over the entire film. Reference to someone being "not brave enough" for suicide.
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Discriminatory language about Jewish people is heard. It's implied that someone's race can be determined purely from their appearance. Slang terms used to describe Germans, such as "dirty kraut." Threats are made. No swearing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character places a cigarette in their mouth on a bus but doesn't light it. Characters seen smoking indoors. Social events where the guests drink Champagne. Characters drink whiskey together.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Six Minutes to Midnight is a gripping British thriller about the buildup to World War II, and it includes gun violence, fighting, and occasional discriminatory language. The sense of WWII on the horizon adds a profound yet foreboding element throughout. Thomas Miller (Eddie Izzard), a new teacher at an all-girls boarding school -- whose headmistress is played by Judi Dench -- strives to uncover the truth about a Nazi plot happening at the school. The movie is very much on the side of Miller -- who is portrayed as courageous -- and there is a clear distinction between right and wrong, as Nazi collaboration is taken to be the dangerous endeavor it was. But the merits of Nazism are discussed, though mainly to display the naivety of those who saw it as just a means of feeling proud of where you come from, perhaps misunderstanding the dangers that lay within. The violence is frequent: There are gunshots and murders, and physical fights between characters. But it never becomes too graphic in its depiction. The language is mild, though Jewish people, and Germans, are described and discussed in discriminatory ways. Set in 1939, the film depicts a bygone era. The girls at the boarding school are taught how to walk "properly," and a number of the characters smoke. There is a suicide reference: A character distastefully claims that a man wouldn't be brave enough to kill himself. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This engrossing thriller marks the screenwriting debut for English comedian Izzard, though fans of her work should be ready for a movie that is very low on laughs, and deliberately so. Izzard plays the lead role herself, and she's undoubtedly the best thing about the production, bringing such a wonderful warmth and intensity to a film that thrives in the latter. Given the suspenseful nature of the narrative, this is one of those features that keeps you compelled throughout. You're never quite sure who to trust, or what may be around the corner.
The story itself is somewhat left wanting, perhaps needing a more dramatic and significant finale, as it lacks a sense of closure. But it remains a fascinating look into a time in British history that is seldom seen in film -- as World War II is well documented on-screen, but the time leading up to it is so often ignored.
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