A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While true love conquers all, the characters in this witty period drama think that lying is an acceptable way to win their beloved's heart, or avoid their creditors. Some of the people seem more interested in a suitor's bank balance than his character.
Positive Role Models
A man runs away, literally, from his debtors. Others lies about their identities. All is played for laughs.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Courtship and flirting. Some tender kissing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Period-appropriate social drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cinematic interpretation of Oscar Wilde's delightful period novel is enjoyable, indeed, and contains little content of concern. There's plenty of deception and lying, all played for laughs, and some social drinking and smoking, but for the most part the film is fine for young teens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to botch anything that starts with dialog from Wilde, one of the English language's most witty writers, and this period production stays faithful to his clever words. The story is immensely entertaining, and the acting, for the most part, is first-rate. Firth is in fine form as a serious gentlemen pressing his request for Gwendolen's hand in marriage, and Everett holds his own as a charming rogue.
The women are almost as good, though sometimes they seem thinly drawn; Withespoon's English accent slips on occasion, and she and O'Connor are awfully quick to forgive their suitors' joint deception. Dame Judi Dench anchors the production as Gwendolen's outraged mother with a mercenary heart (and a dubious background) whose biggest concern is marrying off her daughter into a suitable family, and few actresses can handle a simmering glower of indignation better than Dench. But it all comes back to the story, considered one of Wilde's best, and the quick verbal repartee is well worth viewing.
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