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"MY WEEK WITH MARILYN"
(2011) (Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Minor
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A lowly crew member befriends and then falls in love with Marilyn Monroe on the set of her 1956 comedy, "The Prince and the Showgirl."
PLOT:
In the summer of 1956, Colin Clark (EDDIE REDMAYNE) is hired as a lowly assistant director working for Laurence Olivier (KENNETH BRANAGH) and Vivien Leigh's (JULIA ORMOND) movie production company. Olivier is about to go into production on what would become "The Prince and the Showgirl," a fairly forgettable screwball comedy in which he co-stars with American star and international sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (MICHELLE WILLIAMS).

Once in production, Monroe begins to exhibit strange behavior. She is experimenting with the new Method style of acting, is accompanied at all times by an acting coach, is frequently late to the set, and is clearly under the influence of pills and liquor. She is having marital problems with her introverted husband, Arthur Miller (DOUGRAY SCOTT); tests her longtime publicist, Arthur Jacobs (TOBY JONES); and frequently clashes with her overly controlling business partner, Milton Greene (DOMINIC COOPER), and on-set acting teacher, Paula (ZOE WANAMAKER). Her antics frustrate Olivier, but Dame Sybil Thorndike (JUDI DENCH) tries to take the starlet under her wing and show her support.

Monroe ends up taking a liking in Colin, who puts his romance with wardrobe girl Lucy (EMMA WATSON) on hold to be the movie star's companion. Colin ends up falling in love with Monroe even as he sees her at both her best and her worst.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens may have some interest due to the film's young stars. "Harry Potter" fans, in particular, may be curious to see Emma Watson in a rare, non-Hermione role.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For some language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS plays Hollywood's ultimate sex symbol...


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