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Made in Dagenham Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Waving a dubious flag of feminist inclusivity, Cole and screenwriter William Ivory turn cartwheels insisting that girl power, even in the 1960s, trumped class divisions.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Plays like "Norma Rae" on blood thinners. The movie is by no means bloodless; every once in a while a stirring scene comes along, though it's seldom a scene labeled as stirring by William Ivory's formulaic script and Nigel Cole's insistent direction.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    The real-life tale of a group of female machinists who took on the Ford Motor Co. in England and earned equal pay for women gets a rousing and entertaining telling in Nigel Cole's crowd-pleasing Made in Dagenham.

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OK for kids 16+

Uplifting tale of fight for equal pay; strong language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though this film is rated R, based on occasional vulgar language ("f--k" in numerous forms, "bollocks," "arse," "s--t'), and one short sexual encounter (shot from the shoulders up; participants are clothed), it is an educational and entertaining look back at a courageous period in the history of women's rights. Set in England, the working class dialect may be hard for an American audience to understand in some scenes, but it most likely will not impact the viewer's general grasp of the story. One secondary character has a violent dream and then commits suicide off camera. His feet are seen swaying above the floor as his wife screams upon discovering him. Assorted women of all shapes and sizes remove their shirts and work in their bras in an uncomfortably warm factory. Many characters smoke frequently and there is some drinking and drunkenness when the workers unwind in local bars.

  • Families can talk about how times have changed or haven't changed with respect to women earning equal pay for equal work. Find out what statistics show nearly half a century later about male versus female earnings in the United States and Britain?
  • Three very different women were profiled in this film: a woman working in a factory, an educated stay-at-home mom, and a powerful politician. What did the film show that they all had in common? Were these women stereotypes, or did they challenge stereotypes instead?
  • The fim features a lot of drinking and smoking. Does it make a difference to you that the movie is set in a time when smoking was more common? What are the effects of watching smoking and drinking onscreen?

The good stuff
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    Messages: In a hostile environment against substantial odds, even those who seem powerless can prevail if their cause is just and they have courageous leadership. Everyone must stand tall together when facing discrimination and unfairness.

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    Role models: The filmmakers make an effort to avoid stereotyping both men and women in this period piece. Rita O'Grady, a working class woman, is characterized as brave, smart, caring, and understanding as are women in the upper reaches of English society. Most of the corporate types depicted are concerned only with the bottom line and appear to see women as second-class citizens. They are balanced by a sympathetic male supervisor, some loving family members, and some men in the upper echelons of society who are willing to change their views.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A man has a brief nightmare which recalls a wartime experience. There is an off camera suicide; the character's shoes, hanging and swinging are seen as a scream is heard.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple is shown briefly, from the shoulders up and clothed, having sexual intercourse in a tavern bathroom. In a factory with soaring temperatures, some of the women remove their shirts and work in their bras in several scenes.

  • language false4

    Language: Lots of hard-edged working class swearing, British style: "bollocks," "arse," "shitty," "dick," "s--t," "nard on," and numerous uses of "f--k."

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    Consumerism: The Ford Motor company is the chief villain in this film.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Set in 1968, many of the characters (including the leading men and women) smoke throughout. There is some drinking at a local bar and at a party, several participants are drunk.