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The Lady In The Van

The Lady In The Van
The Lady In The Van
The Lady In The Van
  • PG-13
  • 1h 44m
  • 2015
Certified Fresh89%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins “temporarily” parks her van in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) London driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.Acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett to create this rare and touching portrait.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh89%
Critics Consensus: Led by a marvelous performance from Maggie Smith, Lady in the Van wrings poignant, often hilarious insight from its fact-based source material.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Maggie Smith is unforgettable in (mostly) true dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Lady in the Van is an adaptation of English playwright/author/actor Alan Bennett's diary, memoir, and play about his unusual friendship with Mary Shepherd, an elderly homeless woman who convinced him to let her park her ramshackle van in his London driveway ... for 15 years. Directed by Bennett's friend and longtime artistic collaborator, Nicholas Hytner, and starring Maggie Smith (who also played Mary in the play and TV versions of the story), the movie is an appealing tale of a unique inter-generational friendship. There are a couple of brief shots of a dead body (one bloody, one peaceful) and some subtle allusions to Alan's amorous late-night visits from younger men (though not even kissing is shown), as well as an uncharacteristic utterance of the expletive "f--king." Otherwise, this is a character study and relationship drama about how sometimes the unlikeliest people can change your life.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:November 13, 2015
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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