Vanity Fair
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -1/2

Spunky Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon) learns at an early age how to take care of herself. Life in London in 1802 is difficult, especially for a 12-year-old orphan. She is sent to a boarding school where she pays her way by scrubbing floors and cleaning rooms. Although she is treated like a second-class citizen in school, Beckys self-confidence, intelligence and good looks serve her well. She becomes a governess and wins the heart of Captain Rawdon Crawley (James Purefoy). Rawdons weakness for gambling eventually leads her to financial ruin until a wealthy benefactor, Marquess Steyne (Gabriel Byrne), offers Becky a way out of debt. Her charmed life begins a downhill slide when Lord Steynes real motives become known. Based on the classic novel by William Thackeray, Vanity Fair has too many characters and subplots for a movie to do the book justice, even though the acting and colorful sets are top-notch.

Becky can be admired for her determination and resourcefulness as a young girl overcoming the hardships of an orphan in poverty, but she becomes drunk with vanity as she draws the attention of powerful, admiring men, and wealth is more important to her than being a good mother. Vanity Fair is rated PG-13 primarily for its adult themes, but it does include a few questionable elements that some may find offensive. A bedroom scene shows Becky and her new husband embracing with sex implied, and she rebuffs Lord Steynes lewd advances. One brief glimpse of rear, female nudity occurs as an old lady stands up in a bathtub, exposing her buttocks, and womens low-cut necklines reveal voluptuous bosoms. Vanity Fair lacks foul language and explicit sexual content, but it does include some provocative scenes with exotic dancers and one gruesome scene of dead soldiers on a battle field.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Focus Features

Crude Language: Once mild (damn)
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: Once moderate (MG 1)
Violence: Few times moderate (two men fight, one pushed down stairs); strong (brief but gory battle field of dead soldiers, thieves stealing from corpses)
Sexual Intercourse: Once mild (married couple in bedroom with implied sex)
Nudity: Many times mild (near nudity with womens revealing low-cut necklines); once moderate (old womans uncovered buttocks in bathtub)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times mild (woman refuses to have sex before marriage); moderate (exotic dancers perform suggestively, man grabs woman who fights him off)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Adult themes of greed, vanity and consequences; value of friendship
Running Time: 140 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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