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A Royal Night Out | 2015 | PG-13 | - 4.4.4

At the end of WWII, Victory in Europe Day results in many celebrations. Teen princesses Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bell Powley) receive permission to leave Buckingham Palace for one night and join the festivities with chaperones but they become lost in the crowds and confront danger and romance. Also with Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Jack Reynor and Roger Allam. Directed by Julian Jarrold. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man lays a prostitute on the back of a sofa in a brothel. A man shown wearing long boxer shorts lies between a woman's legs on a bed and she wears a bra, wide panties and hosiery to over the knee (we briefly see his bare back and chest and her midriff in profile). An elderly man carrying a beer bottle grabs a young woman in a dark alley, she screeches and runs away. A woman at a party wiggles her hips at a soldier, who follows and speaks with her.
 Two prostitutes in a brothel are seen wearing pasties covering their nipples (a little bulge is evident around the pasties) and long panties while other prostitutes wear loose tops over chemises and shorts that bare most of their legs. Prostitutes wear sleeveless blouses that reveal moderate cleavage and clingy floor-length skirts slit up to the top of the thigh. A prostitute wearing a low-cut top that reveals cleavage stands on a corner. A woman wearing a sheer chemise and opaque long panties in a bedroom says goodbye to a soldier (he's clothed and we briefly see her bare shoulders, arms, and upper thighs). Women standing in a fountain raise their long skirts to above the knees and one woman has her skirt tucked into her panties (we see her underwear briefly). A teen girl wears a low-cut gown that reveals a little cleavage and her teen sister wears a strapless gown. A soldier hugs two women who wear V-necked blouses that reveal some cleavage. A few scenes include women, including one room full of older women in somewhat low-cut ball gowns that reveal a little cleavage.
 In several crowd scenes couples of all ages kiss briefly, hug and dance. Several couples of all ages embrace and kiss during VE celebration night festivities on the streets of London. A young woman tells a young man that she is taken (dating or engaged), but in a later scene, she kisses him goodbye briefly as he returns to active military service.
 A woman sits in a soldier's lap at a party and strokes his chin briefly. A man wearing long underwear lies between two women under a coverlet in a hotel bedroom; he gets up and runs through a hotel corridor and lobby while putting on a military uniform (we see bare shoulders and arms of the women).
 Two teenage girls (19 and 14 years old) take military chaperones with them to a party; the younger girl sneaks away with an older navy officer and he tries to lead her to a brothel bedroom, but a man punches him in the nose and throws him out (we see him hold a handkerchief to his nose outside). Men and women in a brothel dance close in embraces as ballads play on a record player. A man and a woman fall off a bus, roll across cobblestones together, and her high heel breaks off as she walks; he licks his finger and rubs dirt off her scraped hand and she flinches. A woman on a bus bends over a man to speak to someone and a man at the window seat looks down her dress neckline briefly. Men and women dance and stand in public fountains.
 A 14-year-old girl agrees to take a car full of prostitutes to a military HQ party, where people stare at them. A young woman says to a young man at the end of the war in Europe, "As they say in the [Armed] Services, overseas doesn't count," by which she apparently means that a relationship with someone overseas during wartime does not harm her ongoing relationship with another man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man fights a large man in an office with a lot of punching until a woman hits the large man on the head with a heavy can, knocking him unconscious. A man refuses to toast the King of England in a pub and two military policemen throw him out onto his face; a woman argues with him and calls him a deserter. A man punches a man in the nose and throws him out of a brothel (no blood is visible). A man fights with a younger man, punches him in the head and throws him out into the street. A 14-year-old girl dances with several men at a dance and two of the men pull on her opposite arms, fighting about the next dance until another man rushes forward and punches both men unconscious and off-screen; four military police officers subdue the man, but release him when a princess and future queen orders them to do so. A woman falls asleep on a settee and the other woman slaps her face lightly to waken her.
 A man pulls a handgun out in a brothel office, but puts it into a desk drawer. A man climbs scaffolding and wooden beams up to a window, and climbs in and falls onto a young woman; they smile and then rise from the floor, search the building (it is a brothel) for her younger sister. Two teen girls argue with their parents about going out in public for VE night celebrations; the mother sternly objects, but the father raises his voice and says, "Let them go!" so the mother arranges two military chaperones and a party in a hotel, where only old men and old women will attend; the teens escape the party and take to the dangerous streets.
 A young woman and her male friend push her passed-out sister in a wheelbarrow to his mother's house to take a bath, which we do not see; when the younger girl arrives home at about 7:00 am by cab, her father shouts at her.
 A man tells a woman that he fought in bloody mayhem in Berlin, where he held the hand of his fellow soldier until the man died and that the wounded man was wet with blood; returning to London, the surviving man asked his CO to be taken out of battle, but immediately received orders to fight in Japan, so he went AWOL. Two military officers say they cannot return to Buckingham Palace because they will be shot. A King glares at two military officers and tells them he will deal with them later.
 We see a skinned horse's head and neck in a bucket in close-up and half of the horse's body lies on a table; we see ribs, other bones and raw meat as a man holds a meat carving knife while another man says the horse won races last year, but not this year and a 14-year-old girl sees the horse and looks startled. A horse lies butchered in a dark alley.
 A tugboat passes a tenement building in which the back wall has been bombed away; we see couples sitting in kitchens and dining rooms in the open rooms, eating.
 A young woman drives a soldier in her car quite fast to his military base and he looks startled by her erratic driving. People running across the street without looking at traffic unexpectedly stop buses several times (we see no injuries). A woman is sprayed by ashes from her cigarette when she bumps into another woman.
 Archival black and white footage depicts thousands of people in crowds all over London at the end of WWII in Europe; the footage fades into real time and we see crowded streets, plazas, hotels, and nightclubs full of men and women shouting, cheering, waving UK and US flags, and dancing; in the morning after VE night celebrations, we see a few military men sleeping on the ground beside a large fountain, with debris and confetti scattered through the streets.
 Two soldiers sing in a washroom as they stand in front of urinals (we see only their heads and we do not see or hear anything).


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LANGUAGE 4 - 2 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, name-calling (whore, Japs, prat), exclamations, 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, Thank God, Thank The Lord, We Give Thanks To A Mighty God, God Save The King).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A young woman tells her parents that at one party she visited there was "strange smoke everyone was wild about" (we do not see that visit), a navy officer orders two pink drinks and the bartender puts a pill into each glass, a 14-year-old girl drinks a spiked drink and she stumbles as she plays roulette and has blurred vision that we see from her viewpoint until she stumbles into an office and an older man gives her black coffee, and a soldier says that he administered morphine to another soldier who was fatally wounded on the battlefield in Berlin. Men and women in a few scenes drink tall glasses and mugs of beer and ale as they smoke many cigarettes in pubs and a brothel-casino, men and women drink champagne from glasses and beer from bottles in several party scenes, many men and women hold champagne glasses (no one drinks), a cart of champagne bottles runs into a tower of empty glasses while a man pours the bubbling wine over them and the tower crashes to the floor, a man has a bottle of Bourbon whiskey on his office desk and several cases of wine piled up in a corner, dozens of street scenes feature large numbers of men and women drinking from beer bottles and bottles of champagne and many smoke cigarettes or pipes as well, a woman spills champagne in the street and in a hotel lobby, a 14-year-old girl drinks champagne in two party scenes and on a double-decker bus where adults give her the alcohol, a news article states that two famous men drank martinis near Piccadilly, a young woman asks her sister rhetorically if their mother expects to see her in the arms of a drunken sailor on the front page of a newspaper, two soldiers at a party turn in empty champagne bottles and order two more and they sing drunkenly in a washroom, and a woman pours clear liquid from a decanter and drinks it (the liquid looks like water). The British king smokes six cigarettes in different scenes in the palace including at the breakfast table, and many men and women smoke cigarettes and thin cigars (some in holders) inside and outside buildings and in vehicles (including a nightclub as well as a gazebo and a brothel and a pub).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, the British government, the British monarchy, danger, victory, politics, brothels, gambling dens, relationships, family, responsibilities, friendship, loyalty, respect, trust.

MESSAGE - Members of a monarchy must learn the needs and opinions of the general population.

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