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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Unequal treatment of women in early 20th century society.
Violence & Scariness
Sad, with themes that may be disturbing, possible suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild reference to an indecent proposal and a compromised reputation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character abuses a narcotic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is much darker than the usual Merchant-Ivory corsets and carriages movie. Lily becomes addicted to a narcotic. A death is a possible suicide, portrayed as the only honorable choice. The issue of a reputation "compromised" by having an affair is an important theme in the movie. A man tricks Lily into allowing him to invest money for her, putting her in his debt so that she will feel obligated to sleep with him. 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 first-rate performances and sumptuous period detail, this is a very worthwhile adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel. Martin Scorcese said that his Wharton adaptation, The Age of Innocence, was his most violent film because it was about emotional violence. This, too, is about emotional violence. The betrayals and cruelty and the lack of alternatives may be very upsetting to some viewers.
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