A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie shows the power of love, the importance of family, and what it takes to prevail in an emotionally pressurized situation. But the overriding tone is confrontational, with bickering and nastiness between characters, while themes of tragedy, fear, and loss run throughout.
Positive Role Models
The characters (known only as He and She) are flawed, certainly, but they are realistic and relatable. He is arrogant and hostile but has a softer side and openly expresses his emotions. She is opinionated and determined with a warmth beneath her confrontational appearance.
Although the movie only features two characters -- both White, able-bodied, financially secure, and heterosexual -- they do come from opposing backgrounds. One is from a more privileged background but has more liberal politics, working for a charity and standing up for social justice. Whereas the other is from a lower-income upbringing having worked their way up and has a more conservative outlook on life. There is the suggestion that their child may be neurodivergent.
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Violence & Scariness
There is no physical violence but some of the dialogue and monologues address distressing issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the death of a beloved parent, described with intensity and emotion. The characters aggressively bicker and verbally attack each other on several occasions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is mentioned in the dialogue/monologues, including a somewhat explicit conversation about the characters' sex life.
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Insults and mean comments are rife and there is strong language throughout including "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "sh--ty," "bitch," "big-nosed p--k," "loser," "turd," "anus," "bastard," "s--ting his pants," "bloody," and "dumb-f-----y." "My God" and "Jesus Christ" used as exclamations.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Red wine in glasses on the dinner table, one character drinks some. Character rolls a cigarette then smokes it, needing to relight it several times. Red wine is poured then left on the table.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Together is an intense but excellent British drama set during the COVID-19 pandemic with some distressing scenes and strong language throughout. Centered solely on a warring middle-aged couple -- referred to only as He (James McAvoy) and She (Sharon Horgan) -- who are forced together during lockdown, its tone and content is clearly aimed at adult audiences. But mature teens may well find it relatable and enlightening, as well as a powerful exploration of the pandemic and its fallout. The film is a mix of monologues and the two characters talking to each other, with both also breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the audience. The experience of losing a loved one to COVID-19 is expressed with an emotional intensity that could provoke sadness, shock, and fear. Language includes frequent use of "f--k" and "s--t" along with insults and verbal attacks throughout. Despite heavy-going subject matter, there are plenty of lighter moments and the final takeaway is filled with cautious optimism. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The portrait of a seemingly doomed relationship under the shadow of COVID-19, this British drama tackles heavy-going themes with eloquence and empathy. Capturing the fear and confusion, and the daily adjustments we all had to make, Together squeezes out every significant moment of the pandemic into one expertly acted performance. And all while exploring the dynamic between a discontented couple forced together during lockdown.
Filmed in just 10 days, it has the feel of a stage play. Right from the off, the actors break the fourth wall, talking directly to the camera. This technique can sometimes seem awkward or unnatural, but not here. You almost immediately feel like a third person in the room with them, their friend, someone they're confiding in -- which makes the drama all the more intense. The spiteful arguments are punctuated by moments of tenderness, unity, even humor, and while the characters are certainly flawed they are also relatable. Amid the stark, at times devastating, realities of the effects of the pandemic, this is ultimately a story about the power of love, and about understanding that sometimes coming together is the only way to survive.
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