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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Victoria grapples with the responsibilities of the monarchy but rises to the occasion beautifully. Though she makes mistakes, she comes away from them wiser and better able to rule. The movie also makes it clear that power isn’t all that matters -- love does, too.
Positive Role Models
Victoria is a strong-willed woman who manages to stand up against detractors and those who aim to take advantage of her youth. But she also has a stubborn streak that, at points, nearly compromises important relationships. Still, she’s able to learn from her mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
A man shoots at the royal couple. Crowds protest. Politicians debate loudly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples flirt and, later, when finally married, kiss.
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Nothing stronger than "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking and smoking in social situations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this period biopic about England's beloved Queen Victoria isn't just the story of a legendary monarch -- it's also a love story about the loving, committed relationship between Victoria and her husband. But despite that -- and the movie's tame PG rating -- kids and tweens probably won't be drawn in by the characters' political machinations, particularly in the movie's first half. Families who do watch won't find too much content to object to -- there's one scene that involves shooting, as well as some flirting and kissing, but no nudity or strong language. 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 is a fascinating biopic. For starters, we've never seen Queen Victoria quite like this before: a flirty coquette deeply determined to learn how to rule and years away from mourning. And the circumstances behind her ascendance to the throne are intriguing. Blunt's performance is steeped in wit and whimsy, saving it from the stuffiness that sometimes grips dramas about historical figures. (Though only just: Some moments play like British History 101, stringing important royal milestones together to speed the story along.)
But as intriguing as its subject may be, The Young Victoria really ought to be re-titled The Young Victoria and Albert. Though the movie delves into politics, it's really more of a sweet romance chronicling how the two met and fell madly in love. The times may have been Victorian, but the marriage was quite modern: Victoria and Albert worked in tandem and strove to bring out the best in each other. It's wonderful to witness, but in the end, the audience is left with the feeling of having watched two different movies: a historical drama in the first half, a youthful romance in the other. Instructive as the former may be (despite moments that suffer from slack pacing), the latter is far more bewitching.
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