The Duchess

2008 PG-13 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD

The Duchess

2008 PG-13 1h 49m Blu-ray / DVD
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Keira Knightley stars as Georgiana Spencer, a young duchess who indulges in extravagant vices and begins a scandalous affair with politician Charles Grey to compensate for her unhappy marriage to the duke of Devonshire.
Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney, Aidan McArdle, John Shrapnel, Alistair Petrie, Patrick Godfrey
Saul Dibb
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: 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. 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 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although this serious period drama stars Keira Knightley, it's not all that likely to appeal to teens since it explores the inner workings of a very flawed marriage -- one that's marred by infidelity and disloyalty and complicated by a menage a trois. There's an upsetting scene in which a man forces himself on a woman, as well as some nudity and passionate embracing. Also expect plenty of gambling and drinking, mostly at joyous events though sometimes during times of despair. At one point, a main character imbibes so much that she upends a chandelier and accidentally sets fire to her wig.

Sexual Content

Some scenes of couplings/simulated sex in which both men and women are nude, though viewers don't see genitalia. Additional scenes hint at sex by training the camera on a door, behind which there's much moaning and rustling. A woman caresses another woman. There's also an unusual relationship in which two women share a man. Briefly, a woman is sighted leaving a man's bedroom, her naked backside showing.


A man forces himself on a woman in a brutal scene, though there's no blood or injury. She's clearly affected by it and appears shell shocked afterward. Some threats are made between characters, there's some yelling, and a little boy is shown handling a firearm. Some discussion of wife-beating after a woman is shown with bruises on her skin.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

A man treats his wife like property, insisting that she provide him with a male heir. He also ignores their daughters and insists on keeping a mistress and flaunting her under his wife's nose.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking, mostly at social events. Some characters drink to excess.

  • 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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