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The Queen | 2006 | PG-13 | - 1.3.5

A fictional portrait of the British Royal family's handling of the death of Princess Diana in August of 1997. As the Princess's immense popularity with the British public becomes clear, the Queen (Helen Mirren) has to consider how their private lives have become fodder for celebrity journalism. Also with Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Sylvia Syms and Helen McCrory. Directed by Stephen Frears. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man kisses a woman's hand.
 People gossip in a few scenes about a woman having a love affair. There's a derogatory reference to "soap stars and homosexuals."
 We see photos of a man and a woman, and they appear to be romantically involved.
 We see a woman in a swimsuit that reveals bare back and legs, and we see a nude statue of a woman with bare breasts and abdomen to the hip visible.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see the remains of a deer hanging by its feet, with its head removed to drain the blood (we see blood on the floor and a bloody bullet wound on the deer's severed head).
 Motorcycles chase a car through city streets and we hear of a traffic accident that killed one man and fatally injured a woman.
 Men talk about deer hunting.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (old bat, emotional retard, daft), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Royalty, monarchy, voting, protocol, formality vs. warmth, Princess Diana, infidelity, humiliation, impropriety, divorce, modern ways vs. old ways, paparazzi, grief, death of a sister, daughter and mother, dignity, mourning, duty to serve the people, perception.

MESSAGE - It's time for the British monarchs to change their ways and become more contemporary.

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