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The Wife Parents Guide, Review and Rating

Why is "The Wife" rated R? Read our parents' review below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


The lives of a husband and wife (Jonathan Pryce and Glenn Close) begin to unravel when he is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and they travel to Stockholm together. Also with Christian Slater, Max Irons, Elizabeth McGovern, Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke. Directed by Björn Runge. [Running Time: 1:40]

The Wife SEX/NUDITY 5

 - A woman sleeps in bed and her husband sits on the side of the bed (both wearing pajamas); they talk and he climbs in bed with her, reaching under the sheets and stimulating her (she moans as he tells her to imagine lying naked on the beach and about the size of his genitals), and then climbs on top of her as the scene ends (sex is implied).
 A married man kisses a woman (not his wife) passionately in his office (he is her professor). A young woman touches a man's face and they move close to kissing but are interrupted and the young woman leaves. A man and a woman kiss a few times. A husband kisses his wife's back and neck and she pulls away from him telling him not to touch her. A husband and his wife dance close together in a hotel room.
 A woman asks a younger man, "Are you flirting with me?" A man talks to a woman about her husband's serial infidelity. A man makes a crude sexual remark about his adult son. We see a tube of spermicidal jelly and a diaphragm in a bedside table drawer.
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A man's shirt is pulled open in an emergency and we see his bare chest and abdomen.


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The Wife VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A man moans in pain and holds his arm; his wife helps him breathe and stay calm as she calls for medical assistance and we see attendants opening the man's shirt and applying paddles to his chest (it is implied that the man eventually dies).
 A man and his adult son argue bitterly and the younger man slaps the older man's hand away from him and then shoves him and grabs him by the lapels before he breaks down. A wife tells he husband, "I'm leaving you" and they argue and struggle over an award in the back of a limousine; the man throws the award out the window and the driver stops to retrieve it.
 A young boy cries for his mother as he is taken out of the room by his father. A husband and his wife struggle over a walnut and she throws it at him. A man throws a vase in the air and pretends to nearly drop it and his father tells him to be careful. A man seems faint and sweaty and asks for a break from a rehearsal.
 A woman threatens to sue a man if he writes anything that would malign her husband's talent. A husband yells at his wife when she gives him negative feedback about his writing and he threatens to leave her. A husband and his wife argue in several scenes. A man and his adult son argue in several scenes about the older man taking the younger man seriously and judging his work. A man is rude to another man and dismisses his interest in writing a biography of him. A man makes reference to having "bypasses." A man says that he was having a nightmare about being back in Brooklyn and living with his mother. A husband and his wife argue about her having alcohol on her breath. A man talks about his father forcing him to recite the "Iliad" in Greek at dinner when he was young. A man describes a writer as a "woman writer" in a disparaging way. A husband tells his wife, "We are not bad people."
 A woman wakes up with a start and panics when her husband is not in the bed; she dashes around their hotel suite and finds him in the restaurant eating and talking to a young woman. People holding candles enter a hotel room singing and a man and a woman wake up startled. A man is shown leaning against a low wall and we hear him moaning (he could be drunk).


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The Wife LANGUAGE 9

 - About 41 F-words, 5 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (pathetic, hopeless, transparent, screwed up, fat, appalling, schmuck, rude, fraud, crude, detached, fool, narcissistic bastard, ridiculous, big bad Jew, hack, idiot, outrageous, hopeless drunk, overactive libido, cliché, prissy little co-ed, talentless, cheapskate), exclamations (oh my gosh, what is wrong with you), 3 religious profanities, 27 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh God, God, Thank God, Oh Jesus, Jesus Christ, God Help Me, Oh My God, Ungodly, Jesus, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ). | profanity glossary |


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The Wife SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man accuses his adult son of having smoked pot and smelling like it. People hold and drink from glasses of champagne in several celebration scenes, a man remarks about a bottle of champagne being cheap, a man drinks a glass of wine at a table with food, a man suggests that he and a woman go somewhere and "drink themselves silly," people drink and smoke in a bar, a man pours himself a whisky and drinks it, men and woman drink and smoke cigarettes in a bar scene, a man and a woman have several drinks and smoke several cigarettes in a bar scene, and a woman holds a glass of whiskey and a cigarette. A man smokes in a hotel lobby, people smoke in several bar scenes, several men smoke cigarettes in an office, a man delivers a box of cigars as a gift, a man gives his adult son a hard time for smoking cigarettes in several scenes, and a man talks about having smoked a pack and a half of cigarettes.


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The Wife DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Writing, gender roles, being published, talent, abilities, infidelity, life choices, the Nobel Prize, respect, marriage, divorce, giving up a passion, compulsion, fear of inadequacy, giving up on potential, bitterness, living in the shadow of someone else's fame, boredom, humiliation, the human condition, needing approval.

The Wife MESSAGE

 - Giving up something you love doing can leave you empty and unfulfilled.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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