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On Chesil Beach

On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
  • R
  • 1h 50m
  • 2018
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In 1962 England, two young people from drastically different backgrounds - well-to-do Florence (Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan) and working-class Edward (Billy Howle) - meet and begin an idyllic courtship. Though their love is true, the societal pressures and sexual mores of the time cause strain between the young couple, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, On Chesil Beach is being hailed by critics as a "lyrical and rapturous film" (Variety).
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: On Chesil Beach presents a well-acted and solidly crafted adaptation of a small yet resonant story with deceptively rich subtext.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Powerful themes of sexuality in book-based romantic drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that On Chesil Beach is a romantic drama based on a novel by Ian McEwan, the author of Atonement. Like that film, this one also stars Saoirse Ronan. It centers on a young couple in 1962 who are attempting to consummate their marriage without any experience with or knowledge of sex. Sex is, consequently, central to the movie; there are scenes with full-frontal female nudity (as well as other partial nudity) and uncomfortable discussions about sex. There are also a few violent sequences: A woman is hit by the door of a moving train (resulting in brain damage), there's a brief fight with punching and kicking, and a man yells angrily at his daughter. Language includes infrequent uses of "t-ts," "bastard," "bitch," and more. A main character gets drunk on a bottle of wine, and there are several instances of wine with dinner or social drinking, as well as smoking.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 15, 2018
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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