A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some romance and mild sexual references. Character admits to sleeping with a priest. Another asks their friend if they have ever pictured them naked.
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Use of the term "gobshite."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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