Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Iron Lady follows the life of Margaret Thatcher from a humble grocer's daughter to the United Kingdom's prime minister. A few violent images are shown -- notably of the Falklands War and of upset demonstrators, as well as of a character being killed by a car bomb -- and in one news-footage scene, the bare breasts of a woman in a crowd are visible. Language is limited to "bloody" and "damn," and romance consists of a few sweet embraces, dances, and kisses between the Thatchers. The film's depiction of major historical and political events may not hook most teens, but this biopic offers a valuable lesson in both British and women's history.
In documentary news footage, there's a brief shot of a topless woman celebrating after the end of the Falklands War. Young Margaret and Dennis Thatcher flirt, dance, embrace, and kiss.
Footage of the Falklands War, as well as strategy conversations about how to proceed against the Argentines. In one jarring scene, Margaret's senior adviser is killed in a car bomb planted by the I.R.A.; the explosion occurs just moments after she speaks to him in a garage. References to the I.R.A. hunger strikers; a montage of English protesters demonstrating against Thatcher's policies.
British slang like "bloody," "bugger," "my God" (as an exclamation), and "barmy," as well as "damn" and "hell."
Margaret Thatcher's place in history, no matter how controversial, offers a positive example of the fact that you don't have to come from wealth and privilege to become a leader. Her discipline and commitment to public service are also inspiring, even for those who don't share her politics.
Quick glimpse of Charles Tyrwhitt menswear.
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Margaret has a drink -- usually a nightcap -- daily. She's tipsy in one scene, as is the ghost of her husband.