Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Albert Nobbs is a drama about a 19th-century woman (Glenn Close) who's forced to dress as a man to keep a job. It's a sad story about sexual politics, and there's some violence, notably a fight in which a fatal blow is delivered. Viewers will also see a little blood and some dead bodies, due to an outbreak of typhoid fever. Sexuality is an issue; topless women are shown, and sex is suggested. Language is sparse but includes "f--k" and the Irish equivalent, "fecking." The characters work in a hotel where drinking is prevalent, especially at dinner or parties. One character is a humorously depicted drunk who wakes up to painful hangovers. It's unlikely that kids will want to see this despite Close's excellent performance, but if they're interested, some older teens might be ready for the content.
Two women's breasts are shown. Oral sex is suggested. Couples are seen lying in bed and kissing. A girl is pregnant. Also partial male nudity, kissing, and innuendo.
A character receives a fatal blow to the head during a violent fight, and blood is shown. Some general arguing and hitting. A character has a gruesome-looking black eye. Verbal stories of violence and rape, though nothing is shown. People get sick and die from typhoid fever.
"F--k" is used once, and its Irish equivalent, "fecking," is heard at least twice. Other words include "bloody hell," "oh my God" (as an exclamation), "bastard," and "bitch."
The movie takes place in a time when there were few opportunities for single women, so the main character has lived her life as a man in order to work. She's brave and resourceful, but she has also sacrificed much to live this way. In a way, her lifestyle underlines the sexual intolerance of the times.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main character works at a waiter at a fancy hotel, where customers often drink with dinner or at parties. The house doctor drinks to excess and is shown to have a hangover. A young man takes a huge swig from an expensive bottle of whisky. Extras are seen smoking cigarettes, and the main character dreams of opening a tobacco shop (though she doesn't smoke).