Land Girls

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -1

In 1941, during World War II, the women's land army was founded to replace the brave English farm workers who went to war. These young women were sent all over England to fill in for the fighting men and keep the country's farms operational. This film centers around the experiences of three of these young ladies: Stella (Catherine McCormick), Agatha (Rachel Weisz), and Prue (Anna Friel). When they arrive at the Lawrence's farm as part of the women's land army, Prue immediately finds romantic interest in the Lawrence's son, Joe (Stephen Macintosh), and Agatha wants to find romance also. Stella vengefully plows up one of Mr. Lawernce's (Tom Georgeson) fields because he refuses to let her visit Philip (Paul Bettany), her significant other. When Stella falls in love with Joe she is forced to choose between Joe and Philip. Although the film contains wonderful cinematography and a beautiful soundtrack, this historical chick flick moves slowly and is so bland that it has very little entertainment appeal. Some may find it uncomfortable to endure.

LAND GIRLS revolves around a world of sexual conversation. These conversations tend to be mild in nature but occur often. In one instance the girls discuss how Agatha could and should lose her virginity. Sex between unmarried couples is implied in a bedroom and barn settings, but nothing is shown. One of the scenes includes Agatha and Joe stripping down to their underwear and the girls are seen in two bathing scenes, which imply nudity, but none is shown. One of the few scenes containing moderate violence shows Joe being beaten when he is caught with someone else's girlfriend. There is also a plane crash where the pilot burns to death. There are many mild crude words used as well as a couple of s-word's, and the English word "bloody" is used a number of times as a curse word. Alcohol is used at a social party but there is no drunkenness. The main principles depicted by the Women's Land Army are noble ones and the nature of the sexual content is mild. However, the frequent use of suggestive conversation along with several crude words and two s-words mar this otherwise commendable film.

Preview Reviewer: Rik Wyrick
Gramercy Pictures, 9247 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (17) times - Mild 6, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Twice - S-word

Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular 1 (G-1), Exclamatory 2 (Oh God 1, Oh Lord 1)

Violence: Few times - Moderate (fist fight, a plane crash with burn victim)

Sex: Implied twice (bedroom and barn, not shown)

Nudity: Implied in two separate bathing scenes, but not shown.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times - Conversations concerning sex, and the loss of Agatha's virginity

Drugs: Alcohol use at a party twice.

Other: Girl relieves herself on the side of the road; 'bloody' is used as a curse word several times.

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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