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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Few if any positive messages. Obnoxious -- and even xenophobic -- behavior is displayed proudly and without shame. Brief sense of loving the person within.
Positive Role Models
Alfred Rott is an unsympathetic man. Aware and unapologetic for his own vulgarity, he also displays xenophobic behavior. The Grand Duke of Corsica is an eccentric and incredibly wealthy man who is pre-occupied with his own impending death.
A nearly all-White cast, fronted by male characters. The few women in the movie are given little to do and make minimal impact on moving the story forward.
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Violence & Scariness
There's little by way of physical violence, but illness and disease -- malaria and leprosy -- as well as death hovers throughout. Someone is seen throwing up all over a laptop. Later another character is seen vomiting and coughing up blood. Character is seen collapsing and hitting their head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sex scenes -- one of which is quite rough in nature -- but no nudity. Character is seen in lingerie. Characters discuss oral sex in graphic terms.
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Countless uses of the words "f--k" and "s--t." There's also one use of "c--t." Some sexual dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
Great wealth is depicted. But the movie studies the notion that money can't buy everything, although it seemingly can come close.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking at a bar, and drinking straight liquor at a party. They also drink champagne at lunch. A character is seen drinking what appears to be a bottle of medicine in one sequence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Grand Duke of Corsica is a comedy drama with strong language, scenes of a sexual nature, and themes involving disease and death. The central character, Alfred Rott (Timothy Spall), is a reprehensible and vulgar architect, tasked with building a mausoleum for a dying billionaire during an epidemic. Rott makes no apology for his personality, which often includes xenophobic behavior, even taking pleasure from his actions. The notion of death lingers over the film with one character terminally ill. Other characters are seen suffering from malaria and, in scenes set thousands of years earlier, a woman is shown to be living with leprosy. There are graphic vomiting scenes, and a character is seen stepping in excrement. There are several sex scenes, and while they are graphic in the way they are presented, there is no nudity. The language is incredibly strong and frequent, with multiple uses of "f--k" and one use of "c--t." There is also strong sexual language, with graphic descriptions of oral sex. There is not much by way of diversity, with the cast generally being male and White. The few women characters are not given much to do, nor impact the story being told. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With its unapologetic, unlikable lead character and it's depiction of ultra-wealthy lifestyles, this is a film that will by no means be for everyone. But for all its flaws, The Grand Duke of Corsica is a unique and contemporary piece of cinematic storytelling. The film's unusual tone may push many audience members away. But the ace up its sleeve -- and what could well keep them in their seat and invested in the narrative -- is the brilliant Spall.
Spall is wonderful as the narcissistic architect Rott. He carries the film, although he is helped along hugely by Stormare as the eccentric Duke, whose unique blend of darkness and whimsicality matches the film's atmosphere perfectly. So while this may not quite be a film suited for everyone's tastes, it's nice to see something a little bit different, at the very least.
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