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The Iron Lady | 2011 | PG-13 | - 5.5.3

The story of the rise of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) through the ranks of the British Parliament and eventually to the Prime Minister's post. Also with Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Roger Allam, Nick Dunning, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant and Anthony Head. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A topless woman (her bare breasts are seen) and a shirtless man (his bare chest is seen) stand above a large crowd in a street. A woman wears a low-cut dress (it reveals cleavage) and another woman sews a button back on as the woman argues with several men in the room and then adjusts her bra as the men leave the room.
 A husband and his wife kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman hold hands in several scenes. A man and a woman dance closely together in a few scenes.
 A man proposes to a woman and she accepts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - We see a fire burning in a building and a blood-covered body on a stretcher being carried from the building, and hear reports that 5 people died. We hear an explosion, a woman runs after a car that a man had been driving and we see the burning shell (we do not see the man but understand that he died in the crash).
 We see a violent protest in the streets and police with nightsticks beat protestors as they throw firebombs. We see fires burning in streets as violent protests rage while we hear reports of bombings and we see a horse lying dead on the street. A bomb explodes outside a hotel and a room where a man and a woman are staying is blown up; we see the woman and the man covered with dust and the room is littered with debris. A violent street protest shows people being beaten by police with sticks, police on horses tramples one protestor and we see a protestor covered with blood and lying on the street.
 We see a man on a stretcher with blood on his clothing and hear a report of a retaliatory attack on a naval ship that caused many deaths and casualties. A rocket is fired into a naval vessel and we understand from news reports that it was sunk. We see planes circling naval vessels and dropping bombs on them (fires flare but we do not see people being struck).
 We see many dead bodies wrapped in tarps in a large hole in the ground. A family hides under a table while bombs explode outside (we see flashes and hear loud explosions). We see an armed guard in the hallway of a residence.
 An elderly woman imagines having conversations with her dead husband; and an elderly woman yells at her dead husband and tells him to leave her alone. An elderly woman pleads with her dead husband (she is imagining that he is still with her) to come back as he walks down a hallway (he does not return). An elderly woman imagines that she sees her son as a young boy running through the hallways and out into a garden.
 A woman caring for an elderly woman is upset after the elderly woman had left her home unbeknownst to the staff, and insists that the doors must be locked at all times. Men and a woman argue in the House of Parliament in several scenes. A woman is dismissive and insulting to a man in front of colleagues. Women are asked to leave the room after a dinner and the men remain to talk.
 A woman tells her elderly mother, "Dad is dead." We understand that a woman's husband has died. An elderly woman repeats to herself, "I will not go mad." Two children plead with their mother not to leave them as she drives away in a car. We see large piles of garbage lining a city street and a man and a woman react to the smell. We hear about union strikes, blackouts and petrol shortages.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (hoity-toity, nackers, reckless, inept, filly, old girl, thugs, old boy, spineless Pygmies, fools, vacillators, weak, popularity seekers, lily-livered, silly old sausage), exclamations (bloody, buggar it, rubbish), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - There are two prescription pills on a woman's plate and we hear another woman saying that she suspects the woman is not taking her medicine. A woman drinks whiskey in many scenes, a man tells a woman "you drink too much," a man opens a bottle of champagne and pours glasses (we do not see anyone drink), and a man drinks alcohol from a bottle. A man smokes a cigarette and a man smokes a cigar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ambition, war, love, doing something vs. being somebody, father's pride, the role of women, success, IRA, terrorism, unions, nationalizing, privatizing, fiscal responsibility, inspiration, defeat, self pity, memories, parenting, discord, harmony, doubt, hope, despair grief, death of a loved one, controversy, the Cold War, compromise, being a trail blazer, feelings vs. thoughts and ideas, character, destiny, free market economics, unemployment, the Falkland Islands, recession, political loyalties, sexism, tax fairness, the fall of the Berlin Wall, betrayal, forsaking one's family for a career.

MESSAGE - One's life must matter. Fulfill your own potential.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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