A period piece about Victorian operetta writers William
Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and their travails trying to put together their theatrical
production of the "The Mikado." With Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Lesley
Manville, Eleanor David, Ron Cook, Timothy Spall, Kevin McKidd, Martin Savage, Shirley
Henderson, Dorothy Atkinson, Wendy Nottingham and Jonathan Aris. [2:40]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - Mild sexual innuendo and a scene with some mild double
entendres. A man climbs on top of a woman who falls onto a couch (the scene ends
immediately afterwards); in another scene, a man kisses a woman's hand and she
unbuttons her jacket, implying that something sexual will happen, which we don't see.
A man kisses a woman's cheek as they're sitting (fully clothed) on a bed and
talking. Two topless women perform in a private burlesque show; one tweaks the
other's breast a few times, they dance suggestively, they twirl and lift their skirts
(for a split-second we glimpse what looks like pubic hair) and a man kisses their
cleavage. We see some women in cleavage-revealing tops; also, we see a shirtless man being
bound into a corset.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A dentist pulls a man's tooth out with pliers (the
man is yelling in pain during the procedure, then spits blood into a bowl afterwards). A
man is given a shot in the leg; also, it's implied that a man has injected some type
of drug into his arm (we see the syringe, then we see needle marks and blood on his arm).
We briefly see what looks like a severe case of varicose veins on a woman's calf.
During a stage play, a man pretends to stab another in the head (no fake blood is used);
during an exhibition, we see two men sword-fighting. A sword hanging on a wall nearly
falls on a man (the scene is comical). A woman grabs a man's arms and he struggles
for a while before she lets him go. A man faints and falls to the ground. Some yelling.
PROFANITY 5 - One F-word, a couple of anatomical references, two mild
obscenities, an insult and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Theater productions, actors and actresses, success, abortion
(there's a veiled conversation about it in one scene when we learn a woman is
pregnant), drug use.
MESSAGE - Criticism can inspire you to higher levels of creativity.