Wild Mountain Thyme

Movie review by
Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
Wild Mountain Thyme Movie Poster Image
Flawed Irish romantic drama has bad accents, grief, smoking.
  • PG-13
  • 2020
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie thrives in the notion of true love, and overcoming obstacles to be with the person you're destined to be with. Grief is also a big theme, with a character showing strength and vulnerability while coming to terms with the loss of a parent.

Positive Role Models

Rosemary is a headstrong and a diligent farmer. She believes in the power and resourcefulness of women. The movie is quietly, yet effectively progressive in its depiction of women. Rosemary chases the love of Anthony. Cliches and stereotypes surround some of the Irish characters. Some of the Irish accents -- by the non-Irish actors -- are questionable.

Violence

Some references to violence but no visual depictions. Character threatens to "kill" someone. Another character "jokes" about killing themselves with a shotgun, and proceeds to show the weapon off. They then "jokingly" threatens to kill their guest. There is a reference made to someone who drowned themselves. A car crashes into a tree.

Sex

Some romance and mild sexual references. Character admits to sleeping with a priest. Another asks their friend if they have ever pictured them naked.

Language

Use of the term "gobshite."

Consumerism

Characters start by wanting more, but eventually realize they are happy with what they have.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke and drink frequently. Character smokes a pipe, and cigarettes, and also talks about how depressed they have been since quitting smoking. Characters drink alcohol at a bar, a pub, and at home, with some singing and behaving merrily.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wild Mountain Thyme is a romantic drama about two star-crossed lovers, with themes of grief, suicidal references, and drinking and smoking. Set in rural Ireland, Rosemary (Emily Blunt) is a strong female lead who knows exactly what she wants and has succeeded in her job as a farmer -- a traditionally male-dominated profession. There's a further interesting and progressive role-reversal in that Rosemary is the one actively pursuing romance -- in the shape of Anthony (Jamie Dornan) -- whereas typically it's often the male doing the chasing. The theme of grief is explored delicately, as Rosemary comes to terms with the recent death of her father. There are occasional references relating to violence, including suicide. There is little by way of bad language with the term "gobshite" used on occasion. But characters are seen drinking and smoking frequently. When Rosemary quits cigarettes, she claims that it has made her depressed. The movie has been criticized for some of the accents of the non-Irish cast members -- namely Blunt and Christopher Walken -- as well as some stereotyping. In one scene, Anthony makes reference to "half of Ireland" liking a fight. The movie is based on a play called Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley, who also directs the film.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDearbhla N. December 28, 2020

Poor

Accents embarrassing.
Acting poor.
It is a nice story.
However poor delivery.
This maybe Ireland in the 1950s
Not of a reflection of 2020.
Borderline ridulous.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Set across a picturesque Irish landscape, WILD MOUNTAIN THYME tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who have been destined to be with one another ever since they were young. Anthony (Jamie Dornan) and Rosemary (Emily Blunt) grew up on neighboring farms, but despite Rosemary's attempts, Anthony never picked up on the signs. But Rosemary is not one to give up easily. However, matters are complicated when a land dispute occurs, as Anthony's father, Tony (Christopher Walken), seems intent on leaving the family farm to his American nephew, Adam (Jon Hamm).

Is it any good?

Wild Mountain Thyme is a conventional romantic tale seen countless time before. John Patrick Shanley's film does thrive in being classical in some respects, as it plays up to the familiar tropes of the genre in a way that is rather comforting. But it never takes any risks, and just feels too formulaic, and cliched. It should be said that there is a distinctive Irish charm about proceedings, and some brilliantly funny moments do occur (even if they are few and far between). But that charm seems to be the only truly Irish thing about this tale, as the accents, at times, are laughably bad.

Even though it seems pedantic to pick up on this point, it's incredibly off-putting and gives the movie an unfortunate comedic tone, as though a spoof of sorts. And yes, this is mainly directed at poor Christopher Walken. That said, it's sweet at times, and the two central performances from Blunt and Dornan do impress. Once the supporting roles and storylines have been left behind, and the focus is on their romantic narrative, the movie does pick up and wins the audience back as it reaches its finale. But only just.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Wild Mountain Thyme deals with grief. How does Rosemary deal with the death of her father? Have you ever lost anyone close to you? How did you feel at the time? How do you feel about it now? Movies to help kids deal with grief.

  • Talk about the drinking and smoking in the movie. Is it glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?

  • Discuss the idea of fate. The movie suggests Rosemary and Anthony were destined to be together. Do you think that kind of love exists?

  • Would you describe Rosemary as a positive role model? What character strengths does she show? Why are these good traits to have? Can you think of a time when you've had to demonstrate similar character strengths?

  • Discuss some of the Irish accents in the movie and the idea that some of the characters are stereotypes of Irish people? Why must we be careful of stereotyping people?

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