Effie Gray

2015 PG-13 1h 48m DVD

Effie Gray

2015 PG-13 1h 48m DVD
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Dakota Fanning stars as Euphemia Gray, whose unfulfilled (and unconsummated) marriage leads to her affair with a young painter. The love triangle intensifies when Gray requests a then-unheard-of annulment.
Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Riccardo Scamarcio, Derek Jacobi, Polly Dartford
Richard Laxton
DVD Streaming
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish (Neutral), Indonesian, Chinese Mandarin, French-Canadian
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese (Brazilian): Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers. -
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Effie Gray is a period drama set in Victorian England that examines the real-life marriage between acclaimed art critic John Ruskin and his young bride, Effie (Dakota Fanning). Their relationship is deeply unhappy, and as he grows more distant and cruel, she starts looking for an escape. There's some drinking and several oblique discussions about the couple's lack of physical intimacy; scenes show Effie undressing (viewers see her nightgown falling to the floor) and a man's naked behind, from a distance. She's nearly assaulted in one scene and must flee through dark alleys. Some of the language may seem stilted, but the film could provoke discussion between parents and teens about what makes for a good union.

Sexual Content

Movie revolves around a young woman in a loveless, sexless marriage. Several discussions about the lack of physical intimacy in their relationship, albeit in the genteel, circumspect conversational patterns of the time. One scene shows Effie undressing; viewers see her nightgown falling to the floor. A nude man is later seen from behind, from a distance.


A woman is groped and nearly assaulted, and she must flee through a succession of dark and isolated alleys. A husband and wife use cruel words to each other during arguments.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Even in Victorian England, a woman can learn to stand up for herself and doesn't have to settle for a life of emotional abuse from a cruel and neglectful husband.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking at dinner parties.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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