Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this ultimately uplifting dramedy is rated R primarily for language (an edited version was released on DVD with a PG-13 rating, but it's no longer easy to find for rental or sale) -- everyone in the movie uses extremely strong language all the time. There are also references to transvestism and homosexuality, some discussion of sex among young characters, and a brief glimpse of bare buttocks when one character moons another. Some teens may be upset by the way that family members treat each other -- they're insulting, neglectful, and cruel, and one parent hits a child and threatens another -- but the overall takeaway is a heartwarming one.
Children discuss sex and adult infidelity. A brief glimpse of a bare behind from a distance. One male character puts another male character's hands down his pants. Use of sexual British slang words like "puffer" and "fanny."
Some family violence (fathers grabbing/striking sons); police fight strikers; some smashing and confrontations.
Frequent strong language from all characters, including children. Many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "ass," "crap," "wanker," "for God's sake," and more.
Although the characters can be rough and intolerant, overall the movie has an uplifting message of hope, hard work, and sacrifice.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Drinking (by both adult and underage characters) and smoking, references to alcoholism, adult characters tipsy.