Parents' Guide to

Mildred Pierce

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Riveting drama with strong female lead, plus graphic sex.

TV HBO Drama 2011
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Told as a five-part miniseries and directed by Todd Haynes, this miniseries has a lot to like. Winslet's performance as Mildred is absolutely mesmerizing, the writing is sharp, and supporting performances by Guy Pearce as Mildred's lover, Monty Beragon, and Wood as Veda are excellent. Fans of period dramas will be thrilled with the historically accurate and sumptuous set design, as well as the frocks sported by the actresses.

The sex scenes -- while beautifully filmed -- are graphic enough to make teens blush in the presence of parents. If families do want to view Mildred Pierce together, expect lively discussions surrounding the relationship between Mildred and Veda, as well as speculation about why Veda's behavior grows progressively worse.

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