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Downton Abbey: A New Era | 2022 | PG | – 2.2.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Downton Abbey: A New Era” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some suggestive references, language and thematic elements.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, an implication of impropriety, several arguments, a death by natural causes, references to death by car accident and illness, and some moderate language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


The roof is leaking at Downton and the family must decide whether to allow a film crew to shoot a movie on the property for a tidy sum. Meanwhile, Violet (Maggie Smith) is bequeathed a villa in the South of France by a man she knew for a short time. Also with Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, Tuppence Middleton, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Harry Hadden-Paton and Sue Johnston. Directed by Simon Curtis. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in French with English subtitles. [Running Time: 2:04]

Downton Abbey: A New Era SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A husband and his wife kiss tenderly. A husband and his wife hold hands and kiss after their wedding. A husband and his wife kiss tenderly on a beach. A husband and his wife kiss and embrace. A man moves to kiss a married woman and asks her if he can, and she tells him “No.” A woman kisses a young man on the cheek and he is smitten.
 People dance at a party.
 A man proposes marriage to a woman and she accepts. A man asks another man to go with him to America and he accepts. A woman says when asked about her beauty, “Every man in the room just wants to give you one,” and other people in the room are taken aback. A man says that a man he had a relationship with is getting married and that he is sad. People talk about a man suffering persecution, rejection and loneliness because he is gay. A woman asks another woman if she was “sweet on” a man once. A relationship between a man and a woman is referred to as an “idyllic interlude.”
 Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare backs in several scenes. A woman wears low-cut lingerie in a movie scene and we see cleavage and partial bare thighs at her stocking tops. A man and a woman wear swimwear and we see her cleavage, bare back and bare legs to the upper thighs and his bare shoulders and bare legs tot the thighs.

Downton Abbey: A New Era VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 – A woman says that another woman is “sinking fast” and we see her lying motionless on a bed as a doctor takes her pulse and indicates that she has died. A woman tells her husband that she has cancer and he becomes upset and cries.
 A woman throws a large vase on the floor shattering it. A young man and a young woman argue over who will take an actress her tea. A man yells when another man walks through a scene while filming. A woman is upset and cries when the film she is working on will be converted to a sound film and she is sure that her career is over. People talk about a woman going back to work and how she will manage with her young child. A man is upset when he thinks his father might not be who he thinks. A woman threatens to take people to court over a property. A man and a woman argue in a movie scene. A woman says that another woman is “sinking fast” and we see her lying motionless on a bed as a doctor takes her pulse and indicates that she has died. A woman says, “I’d rather earn my living down a mine.” People talk about their concerns about having a filmmaking crew on their property and expect them to cause damage or steal things; one man makes a comment about “mob rule.” A woman calls another woman her “sparring partner.” People call a woman a “goddess of the screen.” A woman says, “I don’t do nothing unless I feel like it.” A man says that a woman is not used to getting criticism. A man makes a snide remark about what the French eat. A woman says, “I’d rather eat pebbles.” People talk about a man suffering persecution, rejection and loneliness because he is gay. A man says that he could never live off a woman. A woman talks about her husband having been killed in a car accident and about her current husband being away a lot. A woman says that her sister died from the Spanish flu. A woman tells her adult son, “You’re losing your mind.” A man says that his given last name is Sidebottom.
 A woman wobbles a bit when she stands up and rights herself using a cane. A husband and his wife use a sword to cut a wedding cake.
 A man appears to be seasick and he gags several times as he stumbles below decks (we do not see him vomit). A woman says that she is suffering from heartburn and another woman brings her a glass of something to help. A roof is shown to be leaking badly and many containers collect rainwater.

Downton Abbey: A New Era LANGUAGE 3

 – 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (old ladies, lunatic, mad as a rat, eccentric, potty, balmy, horrible, plastered, three ring circus, awful, vulgar, scarlet woman, surly, washed up, bastard, stupid, absurd, they’re very French, working women, spinster, cad, worthless one, ghastly, cruel world, strange, foreigners, washed up, liar, yesterday’s news, rudeness, strange, Hollywood Raj, invaders, dragon, fools, common, rough ), exclamations (heavens, gosh, bloody, oh no, what on Earth, what the blazes), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Godsend, thank Heavens, Heavens, my God, oh God). | profanity glossary |

Downton Abbey: A New Era SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman brings another woman a glass of something to help with heartburn. People drink champagne at a wedding reception, a man pours drinks for himself and his wife, and people drink wine with meals in a few scenes.

Downton Abbey: A New Era DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Filmmaking, silent films vs. talkies, gambling, changing times, regret, publicity, fear, morality, impropriety, trust, luck, shame, happiness, hope, envy, disappointment, paternity, lack of acceptance of being gay.

Downton Abbey: A New Era MESSAGE

 – Learn from the unexpected.

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