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My Week With Marilyn Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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3.0

Grae Drake Profile

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  • 4.0
    65

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    Metascore®
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    When bad movies happen to good people, the first place to look for an explanation is the basic idea. That certainly applies to My Week With Marilyn, a dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Michelle Williams plays Monroe, and she's a wonder. Working opposite a suitably florid Kenneth Branagh as that high thespian Sir Larry.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Williams gets us on intimate terms with one of Hollywood's most enduring and tragic icons. If much of what surrounds her in Simon Curtis' biographical drama is less nuanced, her work alone keeps the movie entertaining.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Disappearing into the role of the troubled actress, Williams' portrayal captures the star's breathy voice and distinctive mannerisms, while delving a few notches deeper.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Appealing Monroe drama has strong language, some sexuality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this engrossing movie based on the memoirs of writer-director Colin Clark isn't so much a biopic as a window into a week of Marilyn Monroe's life as interpreted by Clark. It's not a salacious account, but there are hints at how the icon traded on her sexuality (complete with a couple of glimpses of Monroe, as played by Michelle Williams, naked from behind). You can also expect plenty of smoking, cocktail drinking, and swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t").

  • Families can talk about why Marilyn Monroe continues to be an icon. What is her lasting appeal? Can she be considered a role model?
  • Does Monroe seem aware of her magic in this movie? Does the film advance her status as an icon or demystify her in any way? How?
  • Do you think it's necessary for movies set in the 1950s to include lots of smoking and drinking? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The movie's main message is that you don't always need to look for adventure; sometimes, it finds you. All you need to do is let yourself experience it.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The film is based on Colin Clark's memoirs and is told from his point of view. This helps make him a sympathetic figure, one who's able to look past Marilyn's blinding fame and beauty and connect with the person underneath the facade. An older actress treats Marilyn with kindness and patience and encourages everyone else to do so, too. Monroe herself is portrayed as a mix of vulnerability, sadness and kindness, but well aware of her power.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Arguments.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A man catches a glimpse of a woman as she's getting out of the shower (viewers see her naked from behind). She's also seen, her backside visible, walking into a lake to go skinny-dipping. She's married but kisses a man who's not her husband. Some references to married people having affairs.

  • language false4

    Language: Words including "f--k," "s--t," "t-ts," "hell," "damn," and "ass" are used several times. Also "for God's sake," etc. as exclamations.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: No heavy-handed label-dropping, but there's an awareness of how celebrities are commodified.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Plenty of period-accurate smoking and drinking. Marilyn is also shown pill-popping (and her associates discuss needing to give her pills).

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