Mrs. Brown

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2 1/2

Queen Victoria (Judi Dench), whose strict moral code greatly influenced 19th-century British society, lost her husband in 1861. She was so inconsolable upon his death that she declared a state of mourning for the entire royal house for years, not allowing any of the servants or family off the property and forcing them to wear plain, black clothing at all times. In desperation, one of her servants calls upon a Scottish highlander named John Brown (Billy Connolly), a highly regarded servant of the late Prince. Mr. Brown answers the call, and shows a great disrespect for the state of things from the moment of his arrival, but shows an equally intense loyalty and concern for the Queen. A loyalty and concern that none of the servants or family share. Mr. Brown pulls the queen out of her depression and eventually pushes her back into public life. He faithfully stays by her side until his death in 1883. Without his strength and support, the Queen would have never returned to rule the English empire. And with his strength, she continued to rule a full eighteen years after his death. The intended adult audience will enjoy this moving BBC production if they enjoyed "Howard's End" and "The Remains of the Day."

Mr. Brown is a hero of the first order. Unlike Hollywoods heroes, he doesnt jump off cliffs or catch bullets with his teeth. He simply shows character, a single-minded patriotism for his country and an unselfish concern for the queen. He serves her for 19 years, never taking a day off; and works even when sick or in pain, solely because she needs him. The minor questionable elements in the film include five crude words, one obscenity, and one exclamatory profanity. Mr. Brown drinks occasionally, and becomes drunk once. A fight in which he is attacked by thugs results in some blood flowing down his face, but the scene isnt excessive or gory. Of greatest concern is a scene in which Mr. Brown and a younger brother-figure run into the ocean naked. Full rear nudity and a glimpse of a genital results. The scene has no sexual implications and is not intended to arouse those feelings. Instead, it depicts Mr. Brown as Queen Victorias savage highlander -- a man who works outside the social constraints of the times to protect and serve the leader of the worlds greatest empire. British audiences have responded in mixed fashion, claiming the movie slanders the Queen's fidelity. But the movie depicts an innocent love between the two, and physical intimacy is never implied.- Its no secret, Victorias MRS. BROWN will inspire and delight its cultured audiences.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Miramax Films, 375 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

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: Several (5) times - Mild 3, Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Once - s-word

Profanity: Once - Exclamatory (For Gods Sake)

Violence: Few times - Moderate (Thugs beat man; man kicks another man)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once - male rear (men run into ocean naked w/ glimpse of genitals - not sensual)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Several times - social drinking/ liquor drinking


Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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