Drama


Victoria and Abdul


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
111 mins
Stars:
Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon
Director:
Stephen Frears
Producer:
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


a doctor checks on a patient to make sure he and his wife are able to become pregnant.

Language


“s***”; “a**”; few references to male genitalia; “oh god”; “for god’s sake”

Violence


No Information

Drugs


some background drinking, mostly from secondary characters.

Nudity


No Information

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.


Movie Message

From the beginning, something seems a bit off in the palace of Queen Victoria. It is not just in her dull, routine, even predictable life. A strange pace seems to befuddle even the flow of the movie as you watch it. The comedy of manners seems painted broad and unholistic; the biographical drama seems like it is not ready to settle. That is, until Dame Judi Dench shows up on the screen.

 

Victoria and Abdul feels as though it was written as a comedy while being directed and interpreted as a historical drama. It wants to imagine a way where the values of English society during its imperial rule of India can be deconstructed into a comic film, while also considering themes of life’s joy and the weight of death. It’s a bit like water and oil; they don’t go together well, although you desperately want them to.

 

Judi Dench, however, breathes life into the film, scene by scene. She lets her guard down as a Victorian traditionalist more and more, giving her queen layers and a trajectory to move forward with. Her scenes with Ali Fazal, who plays Abdul, a peasant from India that Victoria takes a liking to, are light and breezy. There is also comic relief offered in the shape of the Queen’s staff trying to get rid of Abdul, but it sometimes comes across too heavy-handed.

 

Quibbles aside, many scenes will likely be entertaining for several types of viewers. Much of the content is manageable, and there is a nice lesson in paving empathy for oneself cross-culturally.

For Ages 12 And Over

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