What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing really objectionable for younger kids in this movie, but the plot is too sophisticated for them to follow, and features some emotional intensity. Characters drink wine at dinner and at social occasions; during one dinner, an older couple drinks wine and acts intoxicated as they giggle and gossip and make jokes at the expense of one of the characters. There are also tame discussions of characters who leave town when their lovers become pregnant. In one scene, a female dog is referred to as "bitch."
- Families can talk about why "costume dramas," such as this one, are popular. Did you enjoy seeing how people once lived, dressed, and interacted? Do you think all people living in Georgian England enjoyed such clothes, balls, servants, and wealth? Why aren't more films about the far more numerous common people of the time? This may also be a good time for parents to introduce Austen's books to their tweens and teens.
- What do you see as being the challenges in adapting a Jane Austen novel into film?
- How are the values of the time conveyed in this movie, and how are they similar to and different from contemporary values, in terms of love, money, and family?