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The Other Boleyn Girl | 2008 | PG-13 | - 7.6.3

The story of the sister of the infamous Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman), Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson), who captivated King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) and bore him an illegitimate son. The two sisters compete for Henry's affections and a place in the court for their family members, but their ambitions end in disaster. Also with Tiffany Freisberg, Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess, Ana Torrent, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juno Temple, Mark Rylance, David Morrissey and Oliver Coleman. Directed by Justin Chadwick. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man grabs a young woman, forces her to bend over a table, raises her skirt and thrusts from behind while she cries.
 A married woman asks her brother to have sex with her in order to get her pregnant; they get into bed together, she begins to unfasten his shirt, they hold each other, but they cannot go through with it.
 A young married woman dressed in a nightgown and a robe goes to the chambers of a married man where they lie back on a bed, he removes his shirt (we see his bare chest), and he climbs on top of her and thrusts (she moans and we see her face); they wake up in bed together and we see her bare shoulders and back and he is bare-chested while they hold each other.
 A young married woman (we see her bare shoulders and back) is seated on a married man's lap, they kiss and thrust, and then lie back on a bed.
 A young woman removes her robe (she wears a nightgown and nothing is visible), her husband tells her to get in bed, she lies down, he climbs on top of her, and she caresses his face (it is implied that they have sex). A husband and wife lie together and embrace and it is implied that they have had sex.
 A young woman is bathed by servants (her bare back and shoulders are shown and as are the top and side of her breast as she dresses). Young women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders in many scenes throughout the movie.
 A married man and a young woman nearly kiss while talking close to each other. A married man admires the neck and shoulders of a young woman.
 A young woman kisses a man's hand and promises to give herself to him. A man caresses a young woman.
 A young married woman is summoned to the king's court and although she reminds her husband that it is likely that she will become the king's lover, her husband does not protest. A young woman is nervous about her wedding night and about consummating her marriage. A married woman attends to the wounds of a married man and he seems to be attracted to her and makes comments about her beauty. A married man is flirtatious with a young woman and she reciprocates in a few scenes.
 A wife complains that she cannot arouse her husband anymore and that she "must resort to more and more degrading…" A young married woman is quizzed by her father and her uncle about whether or not she had sex with a married man and how many times and whether the man was satisfied. A married man leans over and whispers into a young married woman's ear, "Tonight." A young woman describes sex with her husband and says, "He was in a bit of a hurry." A young woman tells another young woman, "He desires you." A young woman tells a man that she will ride a horse alone and that she will keep herself on the horse by using her thighs. A man offers his daughter to be the king's mistress and she says, "You'll have me bed him?" A man talks about a married man seeking comfort with a mistress. A man talks about arranging marriages for his two daughters who appear to be 6 or 7 years old at the time.
 Men and women dance at a wedding celebration. People dance together in a few royal court scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young woman removes her cape and head covering, she kneels down and a man with a sword swings toward her from the back; we hear a swish and a thud, a large crowd cheers and chants and we see a crumpled body, a severed head and a pool of blood from a distance.
 A young man is led by guards to a block where his head is placed and an executioner brings down a heavy ax (we hear a crunch, a squish and a thud); a large crowd chants and cheers.
 A man grabs a young woman, forces her to bend over a table, raises her skirt and thrusts from behind while she cries.
 A young woman miscarries (she wakes up in pain, looks under the covers and cries); we see blood on her nightgown and the bed and we see something rolled up in a blanket and she tells her brother to "put it on the fire." A man is carried on a stretcher after a fall from his horse (we see him resting with bloody cuts and bruises on his arm).
 A wife slaps her husband hard in the face and yells at another man. A man accuses a young woman of being a witch.
 A woman is escorted by guards with weapons and it is implied that she is beheaded. A young woman sees blood on her bed and is afraid that she has or will miscarry. A woman lies in bed sobbing after her baby is delivered stillborn.
 We hear a husband and wife arguing behind closed doors, she comes out of the room crying and says that she struck him. A husband and wife argue in a few scenes.
 A woman speaks harshly to a young woman. A man offers his daughter to be the king's mistress and she is upset initially but then concedes. A man says that a woman is no longer able to have children.
 A young woman yells and pushes during an extended childbirth scene. A young woman yells during childbirth and cries when she realizes she has had a girl.
 We see people in open-air markets cutting raw meat with cleavers (we see the bloody meat). A young woman vomits into a bedside pot from morning sickness (we hear gagging and spitting). A young woman talks about her husband snoring and using a bedside urinal during the night.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 8 sexual references, 2 mild scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (ambitious serpent, witch), 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink wine in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Royalty, religious schisms, ambition, family, betrayal, disappointment, treason, incest, despair, complete ruin, arranged marriages, civil war, corruption, pettiness, forgiveness, sin, generosity, marriage for love, love, living in the shadows of an older sibling, powers of persuasion, jealousy, adultery, trust, deception, cruelty, passing judgment, youth and beauty, "the art of being a woman," consummation of marriage, annulment of marriage.

MESSAGE - Unchecked ambition can lead to intractable consequences.

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