Catherine Called Birdy (PG-13)
Heartfelt medieval comedy adaptation tackles grownup themes.
“Catherine Called Birdy” is a coming-of-age comedy (based mostly on the favored same-named 1994 ebook) set in medieval England. It’s candy however has sexual references and offers with some robust material. Directed by Lena Dunham, the story follows a 14-year-old lady named Birdy (Bella Ramsey) who’s dealing with adolescence — together with first crushes and durations — all whereas her father, Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott), tries to marry her off so he can restore the household’s wealth. There are discussions about virginity and stillbirth, however nothing overly graphic is proven, and lots of the references are made by way of innuendo. That stated, there’s a distressing start scene, in addition to a duel (with swords) that leads to a nonfatal bloody wound. Reflecting the Thirteenth-century time interval, women are married towards their will and handled like property. But Dunham has enjoyable ridiculing these traditions, and Birdy makes use of her smarts to keep one step forward of her father — and any potential husbands. Rollo is portrayed as all the time being drunk, and one other character is seen throwing up after a marriage. There’s additionally some potty humor and occasional use of “s—.” (108 minutes)
The more mature “Rogue One” prequel has violence, intrigue.
“Star Wars: Andor” is a prequel collection to the movie “Rogue One.” The present, which focuses on a thief (Diego Luna) who begins working for the rebels, is more mature than different Star Wars motion pictures and exhibits. Some scenes are set in a brothel, the place intercourse employees dance within the background (no nudity). Characters drink in a bar, and the sci-fi fantasy violence is amped up to embrace frequent use of weapons: One character is shot point-blank within the head. There’s additionally some hand-to-hand combating and fight. (12 episodes, ranging in size from 35 to 50 minutes)
Available on Disney Plus.
I Used to Be Famous (TV-MA)
Sweet British drama has neurodiverse lead, sturdy language.
“I Used to Be Famous” is a captivating British drama that preaches the concept of by no means giving up. It can be notable for not solely having an autistic supporting lead character, however casting a neurodiverse actor within the function. When down-on-his-luck former boy-band member Vince (Ed Skrein) meets Stevie (Leo Long), a younger drummer with autism, the pair type a two-person band. Vince helps Stevie come out of his shell and his consolation zone, whereas Stevie helps Vince change into much less self-obsessed. Though not fixed, the language is robust, with phrases equivalent to “f—” and “s—” used. In one scene, Stevie is derogatorily known as “special needs.” There is one second of violence when a brawl kicks off at one of many band’s stay performances. Punches are thrown, and Vince is left with a bruised and bloodied face. There are additionally a variety of references to the demise of Vince’s brother, one thing he’s struggling to overcome. Characters may also be seen ingesting alcohol all through the movie, although by no means to extra. (104 minutes)
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