Parents' Guide to

This Is England

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Modern British classic has racist violence and language.

Movie NR 2007 101 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Simply put, this is one the greatest British films of the 21st century. Directed by Shane Meadows, This Is England is a raw, naturalistic drama that takes a fascinating look into such a nuanced and complex time in modern English history. Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister, the Falklands War had taken place, there was mass unemployment, and with that came a dangerous xenophobia, as toxic nationalism threatened to take hold. Meadows' story takes place in front of this backdrop and is enriched by these themes, as they bubble under the surface in a foreboding manner, that makes for a compelling piece of cinema, and an educational one at that.

That aside, it's an incredibly funny film, and the camaraderie amongst the central characters is so authentic. We want nothing more than to be a part of their friendship group -- hence why the TV series that followed were so popular, as this world Meadows has created is one that demands revisiting. The searingly realistic acting is incredible at times, with Graham, in particular, shining as the movie's leading adversary, bringing such depth to the role at hand. But the real genius here is Meadows behind the lens. He tells his story with such affection and knowledge, and depicts this world so clearly. And yet implements such a creative spark of originality in the way he uses music, and visuals. He manages to be artistic without even the smallest element of pretentiousness. Which is harder than it sounds.

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