Gideon's Daughter

2005 NR 1h 44m DVD

Gideon's Daughter

2005 NR 1h 44m DVD
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PR agent to the stars Gideon Warner (Bill Nighy, in a Golden Globe-winning role) is used to putting a positive spin on anything. But even he can't say anything good about his crumbling relationship with his teenage daughter, Natasha (Emily Blunt, who also won a Golden Globe for her role), who seems bent on despising him. With Natasha's love at arm's length, he clings to the one person who might help him feel human -- a grief-stricken woman (Miranda Richardson) who could use his help, too.
Miranda Richardson, Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Robert Lindsay, Ronni Ancona, Tom Hardy, Joanna Page, David Westhead
Stephen Poliakoff
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the narrative begins with what looks like a prostitute visiting a half-naked man in a sex-for-money deal -- but it's a tease; she's a secretary and he's hired her to dictate a memoir. While a teen girl is a key character, this is very much a grown-up drama, about people prominent in London society, romance across (British) social-class lines, and Anglo-specific icons of the last ten years, like the Millennium Dome. If the most your kids know about England is what they get from Harry Potter, then the subtleties will escape them. Subplots concern parents mourning for a dead boy, or the possibility of a child's murder.

Sexual Content

A lovemaking session, with a buxom, topless woman seen from behind afterwards. Women in low-cut gowns at celebrations. Gideon and his daughter speak separately (she at a school assembly!) of the sexual conquests of a famed French author, and a stand-up comic tells a raunchy joke.


Minor scuffling, as a bereaved father attacks people on the street. A news report on TV about a string of murders.


"Bastard" and "God damn." One especially taboo word from a stand-up comedian.

Social Behavior

Though Gideon Warner obsesses about the love and approval of his estranged daughter and the mistakes he's made with her, he is careless and apathetic about most of the other people in his life, except his new girlfriend Stella (an established lover he pretty much takes for granted, and she most agreeably fades away). Stella, for her part, is a quirky and pleasant divorced woman recovering from unbearable tragedy. She announces that she doesn't believe in God, never has, but attends a church choir faithfully in order to feel something. Gideon's daughter has strong environmentalist leanings, but is otherwise rather impenetrable.


Except for British tourism, maybe. There's a discernible effort to keep known products offscreen.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social imbibing.

  • 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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