The Other Boleyn Girl Soaps Up History
- Monday, March 03, 2008
However, the film has little more to say about religion, other than to allow certain characters, at death’s doorstep, to speak a few final words about their Creator. The Other Boleyn Girl is nothing more than a soap opera that accentuates immorality, embellishes facts and celebrates its deviations from the historical record. Why the true story behind Anne Boleyn wasn’t deemed interesting enough to justify its own film, while this sordid saga was, is a more interesting subject to ponder than anything in The Other Boleyn Girl.
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- Language/Profanity: An exclamation of “By God!” and a few misuses of God’s name; “piss pot”; some sexual come-ons and references to “whores” and to “whoring.”
- Drugs/Alcohol: Wine consumption.
- Sex/Nudity: King Henry is shown taking his shirt off, then bedding Mary more than once; later, he rapes Anne; discussion of “degrading” sexual acts, without elaboration; bare back of a woman as she bathes; an act of incest is halted before it can be carried out.
- Violence: The fatal blows of beheadings are shown, cutting away just as the blade makes contact with the necks; a headless corpse, with a pool of blood, is shown from a high angle.
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