Pride Sunday, 29 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, coarse language, sexual reference and brief nudity.

  • The pitch:

    In the name of love.

  • Starring:

    Ben Schnetzer, Abram Rooney, Jim McManus, George MacKay, Monica Dolan, Matthew Flynn, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, Faye Marsay, Freddie Fox

  • Directed by:

    Matthew Warchus

  • Running time:

    120 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are hit with objects, thrown against wall/out the door. Protest/strike. Objects thrown (at vehicle/through window), property/vehicle damage. Ongoing physical assault during childhood mentioned. Getting bottled, getting head kicked in, slit throats, stabbed man mentioned. Story of drowned woman. Blood/gore: Face covered in cuts and bruises; taped fingers. People dying mentioned.


    Kissing (male-male; male-female; female-female), flirting, hand-holding, sexually suggestive dancing (male-male; male-female). Shirtless men, drawings of near-nude men, pornographic picture (naked man) in magazine. Sex toy, men dressed in drag. S&M club featuring men wearing leather, chains, ball gag. Sexual-themed discussion, sexual innuendo, sexuality laws mentioned.


    Smoking marijuana, cigarettes, pipe. Alcohol (beer, wine). Intoxication. Club setting.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, bloody, bastard. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Homophobic language. Cultural stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.


    Margaret Thatcher, protests, strikes, crises, coal mining, pride, homophobia, sexuality, 1984, scare advertising, lifestyle choices, AIDS/HIV, family, mother-son relationships, activism, unlikely friendships, empathy.


    Deceased father/husband, deceased brother, AIDS mentioned. Estranged mother/son. Hospital, club settings. Spitting. Vomiting mentioned. Based on a true story.


    Joyous, irresistible, entertaining, moving, funny, effective, populist, lovely, heart-wrenching, sentimental, easy, well-researched, liberating, crowd-pleasing, unsubtle, energetic, potent. Strong cast, solid acting, winning performance from Ben Schnetzer, brisk pace, instinctive/authoritative/vibrant direction, knockabout camaraderie, not overly political.


    Formulaic, clichéd, simplified. Lacks rage. Slightly overstuffed. Too many characters, too many subplots.

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