Notes On a Scandal

Notes On a Scandal
Notes On a Scandal
  • R
  • 1h 32m
  • 2006
Certified Fresh87%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Academy Award® winners Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give wickedly entertaining, Oscar-nominated performances, in this sexy, stylish thriller. Judi Dench mesmerizes as Barbara Covett, a teacher who rules over her classroom with an iron fist, yet leads a desperate, solitary life outside it. That is, until she meets radiant new art teacher Sheba Hart (Blanchett). Although at first overjoyed with her newfound kindred spirit, when Barbara discovers that Sheba is having an affair with a teenage student, her jealously and rage spiral out of control.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh87%
Critics Consensus: In this sharp psychological thriller, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give fierce, memorable performances as two schoolteachers locked in a battle of wits.
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I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson
Fresh

Smart and brash, it's a picture Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have killed (preferably each o...

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Rotten

June 21, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes
Fresh

That's the wonder of the film: it's about the vicious power of loneliness, played out through a st...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
Common Sense Says
Dark tale of betrayal and fixation isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adult-targeted drama (which probably won't have much appeal for teens anyway) features mature themes and some sexual imagery. Specifically, a female teacher, Sheba, has sex with her 15-year-old male student, and the footage is fairly explicit (heavy breathing and rolling on ground; the teacher in her bra, kneeling and touching the boy's torso). The movie's other predominant sexual theme concerns a fellow female teacher's crush on Sheba, which inspires amorous dreams and comments in her diary, as well as some social machinations (she betrays a friend, spreads rumors, and judges her peers). Boys fight at school; the teachers fight, too (slapping and pushing). Characters drink beer, wine, and liquor (in a flashback, Sheba drinks beer with the student) and smoke cigarettes. Language includes some 15 uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and "arse," in addition to some name-calling ("fatty," "pig," "tart," etc.).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 25, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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