A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It is important to take pride in where you come from. Teamwork and determination can achieve great things. Compromise can help communities come together.
Positive Role Models
Both Reginald and George look down on the village and villagers when they first arrive. But Reginald comes to appreciate the people and place, and shows care and respect toward them. Morgan breaks rules and cheats on multiple women, though learns to put his pride aside and compromise for the benefit of the village.
The cast is exclusively White. The movie pokes fun at both the English and Welsh, with the English characters from London dressed smartly, using long words, and perceived to be preoccupied with bureaucracy, while the Welsh villagers dress more casually, are generally seen as less educated, and have more of a community spirit. Reginald almost acts as translator, dumbing down sentences for the Welsh characters at some points. Female characters mostly serve as romantic and sexual interests for male characters and little beyond. One is brought in by Morgan to charm Reginald, with the implication she might sleep with him. Women referred to as "girl" and "woman" in a derogatory way. Characters described as "touched, stupid, twerp," playing into a village idiot stereotype.
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Violence & Scariness
Body seen covered on a stretcher. Characters visit a graveyard. Mention of fighting Germans and people lost in the war. A character collapses on-screen, and later dies and is buried. A knife is used to threaten, though it's implied it wouldn't actually be used, and a character puts their hands around another's throat. Thunder and lightning scare a character into a fit. Passing reference to effects of PTSD.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirtation and passionate kisses. Sexual references and innuendo. Mention of a lot of babies in the village having ginger hair, implying they are fathered by the same man. Passing reference to pole dancing and a character being "tarted up." A character cups another's breasts over their clothes.
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Language includes "bugger," "bloody hell," "damn," "blast," "stupid," "twerp," and "soddin'." Sexist behavior.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Numerous scenes in a pub, with characters drinking alcohol -- one seen drunk and then hungover. Characters regularly smoke cigarettes. Character drinks brandy to calm nerves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is a feel-good British drama set during World War I that focuses on community, teamwork, and national pride. It also pokes fun at the English and Welsh, playing into stereotypes. Hugh Grant stars as a cartographer who visits a Welsh village to measure the height of a local peak and prove whether it's a hill or a mountain. Though it's set during WWI, no actual fighting takes place in the village. But there are references to casualties and PTSD. There is drinking and smoking, as well as betting in a pub. Language includes "bloody hell" and "bugger," and there is also kissing, flirting, and sexual references. It's suggested pub landlord Morgan (Colm Meaney) has fathered many children in the village. Female characters are underdeveloped beyond love interests, and terms such as "woman" and "girl," are used in a derogatory way. However, the film is sweet and warm, with humorous moments and an uplifting story. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As its leading star, Grant's unique brand of polite bashfulness adds to the sweet, easy charm of a film that centers around community, teamwork, and local and national pride. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain is an easy journey from start to finish, holding its relatively slight story with a warmth and humor to match the natural beauty of its location.
The movie plays into Welsh and English stereotypes, but mostly with fondness and a knowing wink. Meaney is likable as the rebellious womanizer of the town, while McNeice, Tara Fitzgerald, and Kenneth Griffith all make the most of their supporting roles, though characters aren't drawn with huge amounts of complexity. It's a simple, nostalgic watch with a predictable plot whose dramatic peaks are more rolling hills than mountains.
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