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Reese Witherspoon gives a vibrant, captivating performance as one of the greatest female characters of all time, Becky Sharp, in the new, sumptuous and sexy epic from acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). It's a dazzling ascent up the social ladder as vivacious Becky schemes and seduces her way to the top - until love and romance threaten to get in the way! Join her daring adventures that prove all is fair in love and war.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: A more likable Becky Sharp makes for a less interesting movie.
June 21, 2017
Scene by scene and moment to moment, it's a woeful misreading of the book.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Lovely literary adaptation with class issues, battle scenes.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adaptation of the classic Thackeray story Vanity Fair has a small amount of battlefield violence, including a field lined with dead bodies. The English class system is paramount to the plot of the story, and characters make bigoted remarks both about the "lower classes" and about people of color. Some characters are killed in battle, while others die suddenly; a child is left orphaned by the death of both of her parents. Expect adultery plus many veiled references to sex, couched in so much old-fashioned language that kids are unlikely to get them. Viewers see a woman's backside in a non-sexual situation. There is some social drinking at parties, and some characters act slightly drunk.
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- Release Date:September 1, 2004
- Audio Format:5.1
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